Laughton, a Democrat, won one of three seats in the state House of Representatives in Ward 4, joining Democrats David Cote and Mary Gorman. She easily beat two Republican candidates.
“I believe that at this point, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community will hopefully be inspired,” Laughton said Wednesday. “My hope is that now maybe we’ll see more people in the community running, maybe for alderman. Maybe in the next election, we’ll have a senator.”
Laughton said advocating for the homeless and people with mental illness and physical disabilities and strengthening public schools will be her top priorities.
She said she also would like to work on legislation to make it easier for transgender people to be recognized in the state, including measures that would make it easier for group members to change their gender on state-issued IDs and being able to use the restroom of their choice.