There are 559 known openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States – and America needs to elect 22,837 more to achieve equitable representation – according to LGBTQ Victory Institute’s 2018 Out for America report released today. The report documents the severe underrepresentation of LGBTQ people in key positions of power, and reports demographic information demonstrating the need to elect more LGBTQ people of color, women, and bisexual and transgender people.

Among the report’s key findings:

  • 559 known LGBTQ elected officials are currently serving in the U.S., just 0.1 percent of all elected officials nationwide;
  • 22,837 more LGBTQ elected officials must be elected to achieve equitable representation;
  • Just 21.2 percent of LGBTQ elected officials are people of color; and
  • Only 2.7 percent of LGBTQ elected officials are bisexual and 2.3 percent are transgender.