Growing up in Oklahoma as a nonbinary Black Muslim person, they felt they inhabited multiple identities that made them a target of their red state's politics.
So when they won their first election in November, to represent District 88 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Turner was surprised.
Having studied political science and sociology at Oklahoma State University, they had learned in school that "your first election is about name recognition, and your second campaign is when you win," they said.
Winning also made them the country's first nonbinary state legislator — a designation that thrust Turner, a self-described introvert, into the national spotlight.
Despite the challenges they've faced in the Republican-led state House, Turner has not been deterred from pushing a legislative agenda born of their own lived experiences.
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