For the first time in American history, LGBTQ+ candidates will appear on the ballot in all 50 states and Washington D.C.
The historic first was announced in the third annual Out on the Trail report, released in October by LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national organization that supports LGBTQ+ candidates running for public office.
The report also found that at least 1,065 known LGBTQ+ candidates are running for office in 2022, an almost 6% jump from the number who ran in the presidential election in 2020. Of these candidates, 678 will appear on the general election ballot in the November midterm elections.
The number of candidates of color running for office also increased, with the demographic accounting for 38.2% of all LGBTQ+ candidates.
Candidates identifying as transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming also “ran in record-breaking numbers” according to the report, accounting for 13.9% of all LGBTQ+ candidates.
“As politicians in state legislatures and on school boards levied unprecedented attacks on our community and our kids, LGBTQ leaders responded, running for office in record numbers,” said Victory Fund President and CEO Annise Parker, in a statement released by Victory Fund. “We saw more LGBTQ candidates of color, trans candidates, nonbinary candidates and bisexual candidates than in any other election year.”
In the November elections, she added, “more voters than ever before will receive a ballot with the name of an LGBTQ candidate.”