Estefania Cortes-Vargas (born 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.
Cortes-Vargas in 2015
|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 28–29)|
|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 is recorded as "Member Cortes-Vargas". Cortes-Vargas chose not to run in the 2019 Alberta general election.
2015 general election
|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||-20.61|
|Alberta Party||Lynne Kaiser||721||3.28|
|Total valid votes||22,006|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||110|
|Registered electors / Turnout||34,346||64.39||+4.51|
|New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+27.36|
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- "NDP candidate supports education" Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine. Sherwood Park News, April 30, 2015.
- "An Alberta MLA on battling gender identity". Maclean's, December 1, 2015.
- Bellefontaine, Michelle (January 21, 2019). "NDP MLAs Jansen, Cortes-Vargas announce they're not running again". CBC News. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
- Konguavi, Thandiwe (July 25, 2019). "Former NDP whip takes lead of embattled Pride Centre of Edmonton". CBC News. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
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