LGBTQ candidates running in all 50 states for first time

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The LGBTQ Victory Fund this week said that, for the first time, there were LGBTQ candidates for office in every state.

A national candidate support organizations, the Victory Fund released its 2022 Out on the Trail report, the only annual report on the number and diversity of LGBTQ candidates who running for office in 2022. More than 1,000 have run for office, a new record. More than 670 of them will be on the November ballot, an 18.1% increase from 2020.

The full report, including all key findings and detailed demographic data and trends, is available at victoryfund.org/out-on-the-trail-2022.

“This November, we have an opportunity to elect more LGBTQ people to office than ever before,” said Victory Fund President Annise Parker in a statement. “But it’s going to take each and every one of us. Sitting on the sidelines isn’t an option when our rights are on the chopping block. This is a time for action. This is a time for unity.”

Among the key findings:

  • 63.7% of known LGBTQ candidates won their primaries and will appear on the ballot in November, compared to 57.1% in 2020.
  • 416 LGBTQ people ran for state legislatures this year.
  • LGBTQ candidates of color account for 38.2% of all LGBTQ candidates.
  • Transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming candidates account for 13.9% of all LGBTQ candidates compared to 7.9% in 2020.

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