Estefan Cortes-Vargas (born Estefania Cortes-Vargas, 1991) is a Colombian-born Canadian politician and non-profit administrator who was elected in the 2015 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the electoral district of Strathcona-Sherwood Park as a member of the Alberta New Democratic Party. Upon election, they became one of the first three out LGBT people elected to the Alberta legislature, alongside caucus colleagues Michael Connolly and Ricardo Miranda.
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Strathcona-Sherwood Park|
May 5, 2015 – March 19, 2019
|Preceded by||Dave Quest|
|Succeeded by||Nate Glubish|
|Born||1990/1991 (age 31–32)|
|Political party||Alberta New Democratic Party|
Although Cortes-Vargas was represented in media coverage during the election campaign as female and lesbian, in December 2015, they formally came out as non-binary in the legislature during debate on the inclusion of transgender rights in the provincial human rights code. While the provincial Hansard normally reports members' speeches under the gender honorifics "Mr." or "Ms.", Cortes-Vargas was recorded as "Member Cortes-Vargas". They chose not to run in the 2019 Alberta general election.
In 2019, Cortes-Vargas was named executive director of the Pride Centre of Edmonton. They remained in that role until July 2020 when they became the new executive director for OUTSaskatoon. They have been the vice-president of the Enchanté Network, which is a coalition of 2SLGBTQ+ community organizations across Canada, since 2020. In September 2022, they started their studies to become a lawyer at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in Saskatoon.
2015 general electionEdit
|2015 Alberta general election: Strathcona-Sherwood Park|
|New Democratic||Estefania Cortes-Vargas||9,376||42.61%||34.10%|
|Progressive Conservative||Dave Quest||6,623||30.10%||-20.62%|
|Alberta Party||Lynne Kaiser||721||3.28%||–|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||50||38||22|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||34,346||64.28%||4.55%|
|New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+27.36%|
Source: "82 - Strathcona-Sherwood Park, 2015 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Chief Electoral Officer (2016). 2015 General Election. A Report of the Chief Electoral Officer (PDF) (Report). Edmonton, Alta.: Elections Alberta.
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- ^ "Announcement of Departure of Executive Director – Estefan Cortes-Vargas" (PDF). Retrieved 2022-07-16.