Washington, DC – Over 200 out LGBTQ+ candidates won their elections in 2023 – including 148 tonight – more than in any other odd-numbered election year in U.S. history. The number of victories is expected to rise as more election results come in. The previous record was in 2021, when 184 out LGBTQ+ candidates won.
More LGBTQ+ candidates ran in 2023 than ever before. At least 514 ran and 312 were on the ballot today, according to LGBTQ+ Victory Fund’s Out on the Trail report.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the historic election night:
“Bigoted politicians attempted to use LGBTQ+ people as a political weapon, but voters rejected those cynical tactics. Anti-LGBTQ attacks failed across the nation, particularly in Virginia. Tonight, we elected a historic number of LGBTQ+ candidates who are ready to serve their communities. Tonight’s rainbow wave is a testament to the perseverance of LGBTQ+ political power and a bellwether for the 2024 election cycle. Equality wins elections – not culture war scare tactics.”
More out LGBTQ+ candidates have run for office in 2023 than ever before in an odd election year. See live election results for all 166 LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidates on the November ballot at victoryfund.org/results2023.