LGBTQ Candidates In 50 States & D.C. For The 1st Time

LGBTQ candidates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the ballot in November
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The LGBTQ Victory Fund, which works towards electing LGBTQ people to public office, released its 2022 Out On The Trail report today showing – for the first time – there are LGBTQ candidates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

There were also out candidates in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

At least 1,065 out LGBTQ people ran or are running for office in 2022 – the most in history. That represents a 5.9 percent increase since the presidential election in 2020, when 1,006 out candidates ran.

A history-making 63.7 percent of out candidates (at least 678 up from 574 in 2020) won their primaries and will appear on the ballot in November, In 2020, 57.1 percent of LGBTQ candidates went on to the general election.

Another U.S. history first: 416 LGBTQ people ran for state legislatures this year.

Related: Over 20 Out LGBTQ Candidates Won Primary Races In Texas

The proportion of queer candidates of color grew significantly in 2022, accounting for 38.2 percent of all LGBTQ candidates.

Candidates who are not cisgender (including transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming candidates) ran in record-breaking numbers, representing 13.9 percent of all LGBTQ candidates compared to 7.9 percent in 2020.

The full report is available on the Victory Fund’s official website here.