LAS VEGAS — (07-30-21) — Nearly 1,000 elected officials who identify as LGBTQ are now serving in public office nationwide, up 17 percent from last year, according to the LGBTQ Victory Institute in a report released on Friday.
There are 986 LGBTQ elected officials across the United States serving openly as of June 2021, according to the LGBTQ Victory Institute’s Out for America Report.
The increase in LGBTQ public officials include two U.S. senators, nine U.S. representatives, two governors, 189 state legislators, 56 mayors, and six statewide executives.
While that number is something to be proud of, we still have a long way to go to achieve equitable representation of the LGBTQ population in the USA as only 6 percent of the U.S. adult population identify as LGBTQ, but only have a 0.19 percent of elected officials serving in government for representation.
The Out for America Report found that 28,116 more LGBTQ elected officials would be needed before equitable representation is achieved.
Another part of the study discovered that eighty-four percent of LGBTQ elected officials currently serving are Democrats, while just three percent are Republicans.
Out of the 50 states in our great union, we only have one state without a known LGBTQ elected official serving and that is in the state of Mississippi.
However a bright light shined on the study over the fact that for the first time in U.S. history, LGBTQ officials are equitably represented among mayors of the top 100 cities in America.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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