Close to 1,000 LGBT officials elected nationwide, report says

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Close to 1,000 elected officials nationwide identify as LGBT, according to a report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute.

The are currently 986 LGBT officials across the U.S. as of June, according to the Out for America Report, a 17 percent increase over the past year.

This includes two U.S. senators, nine U.S. representatives, two governors, 189 state legislators, 56 mayors and six statewide executives.

However, there’s still a long way to go to achieve equitable representation of the LGBT population.

Roughly 6 percent of the U.S. adult population identify as LGBT, but only 0.19 percent of elected officials identify as such.

The report found that 28,116 more LGBT elected officials would be needed before equitable representation is achieved.

Eighty-four precent of LGBT elected officials currently serving are Democrats, while just 3 percent are Republicans, according to the report.

The only state without a known out LGBT elected official serving is Mississippi, the report said.

For the first time, LGBT officials are equitably represented among mayors of top 100 cities, but are still underrepresented among mayors overall and in other public positions.

The number of queer elected officials grew by 83 percent, faster than any other sexual orientation.

In addition, the number of LGBT officials of color grew at a higher rate than that of white LGBT officials. The fastest growth was seen among Black, African American and Afro-Caribbean officials, which saw a 75 percent increase over the past year.

There was also a 71 percent increase in the number of transgender women serving as elected officials, increasing from 21 to 36. The number of transgender women in state legislators doubled from four to eight.

There was no increase in the number of transgender men or intersex people serving as elected officials.


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