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Exclusive Coverage: 2021 Out for America

LGBTQ Victory Institute recently released the 2021 Out for America report, our annual look at the numbers and demographics of America’s out LGBTQ elected officials. The New York Times covered the report in an exclusive piece, which you can read below or on NYTimes.com.

L.G.B.T.Q. Elected Officials in U.S. Number Nearly 1,000, Rising Fast
Every state but Mississippi now has at least one L.G.B.T.Q. elected official, a new report says. Most are Democrats, and anti-Trump fervor spurred many to run.

By Shane Goldmacher

The number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender elected officials has continued to surge, growing by about 17 percent in the last year to nearly 1,000 nationwide — more than double the number just four years ago, according to a new annual report.

Their ranks now include two governors, two United States senators, nine members of Congress, 189 state legislators and 56 mayors, according to the report from the L.G.B.T.Q. Victory Institute, which provides training to candidates seeking public office. All told, the group identified 986 L.G.B.T.Q. elected officials.

“There are more L.G.B.T.Q. folks who are taking the plunge and deciding to run for office,” said Annise Parker, the institute’s president and chief executive. The mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016, Ms. Parker was one of the first openly gay mayors of a major American city. This is the fifth year that the institute has surveyed the nation, and total L.G.B.T.Q. representation in elected offices has risen to 986 today, from 843 in 2020, 698 in 2019 and 448 in 2017, out of roughly a half-million elective positions.

Of all racial groups, Black L.G.B.T.Q. elected officials grew at the fastest rate in the last year, with a 75 percent increase in representation, according to the report. The number of multiracial L.G.B.T.Q. elected officials rose by 40 percent.

The Institute tracks federal officeholders, statewide officials, state legislators, as well as municipal and judicial officials. Every state except Mississippi now has at least one elected officeholder who identifies as L.G.B.T.Q., the report said.

Ms. Parker said that L.G.B.T.Q. candidates could now win all across America, citing Mauree Turner, who was elected last year as a state legislator in Oklahoma and is Black, Muslim and non-binary. (READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NYTIMES.COM)

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