Washington, DC – 436 out LGBTQ candidates won their elections as of 7:00 pm EST, surpassing the previous record of 336 set in 2020. There are 54 races with LGBTQ candidates that have not yet been called, including Will Rollins in California and Kris Mayes in Arizona. To reach equitable representation, the U.S. must elect over 35,000 more out LGBTQ people to office, according to LGBTQ Victory Institute.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, issued the following statement:
“This Rainbow Wave was fueled by a record number of LGBTQ candidates who defied the odds by running – and winning – in the face of extraordinary anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and attacks. Bigots underestimated our power and determination as they’ve done throughout history. While this election has given us much to be optimistic about, such as a historic number of victorious trans and nonbinary candidates, we still have a long way to go before we achieve equitable representation in government. LGBTQ people have never been fully represented in government and until that day, we will not stop organizing, we will not stop fighting and we will not stop running for office. Because when we run, we win.”
- Of the 714 out LGBTQ candidates who appeared on Tuesday’s ballot, 436 won – a 61% win rate.
- Of the 250 out LGBTQ women who appeared on Tuesday’s ballot, 160 won – a 64% win rate.
- Of the 353 out LGBTQ men who appeared on Tuesday’s ballot, 221 won races – a 63% win rate.
- Of the 37 out trans candidates who appeared on Tuesday’s ballot, 18 won their races – a 49% win rate.
- Of the 24 out nonbinary candidates who appeared on Tuesday’s ballot, 13 won their races – a 54% win rate.
- Tina Kotek and Maura Healey – the nation’s first lesbian governors (Kotek release and Healey release).
- Erick Russell – the first Black out LGBTQ person ever elected statewide (release).
- James Roesener – the first trans man elected to a state legislature in U.S. history (release).
- Leigh Finke – the first trans person ever elected to the Minnesota state legislature (release).
- Zooey Zephyr and SJ Howell – the first trans person and first nonbinary person elected to the Montana state legislature (release).
- Jennie Armstrong and Andrew Gray – the first out LGBTQ people ever elected to the Alaska state legislature (release). Louisiana and Mississippi are now the only U.S. states to have never elected an out LGBTQ state lawmaker.
LGBTQ Victory Fund
LGBTQ Victory Fund works to achieve and sustain equality by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government while ensuring they reflect the diversity of those they serve. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.