Although many anti-LGBT bills have been introduced in 2022, this year also has a historic number of out candidates running for office.
According to data released by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, there are at least 1,008 LGBT people running for office — more than in any other election cycle in the U.S. They are also more diverse in terms of race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
“The writing is on the wall for the LGBTQ community and our allies: our rights are on the ballot this year,” Mayor Annise Parker, president & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement. “The people we elect this cycle will make decisions about what our kids are allowed to learn and say in the classroom, what health care choices people will be allowed to make about their own bodies and possibly, whether we will continue to be allowed to marry those we love.”
In Florida, there are five LGBT candidates running for House and Senate.
On victoryfund.org, the organization covers its key findings:
- There are over 100 more LGBTQ people of color running in 2022 than in 2020, a 58% increase in 2020 and a 225% increase in 2018.
- Compared to 2020, there has been a 66% increase in Black/African American/Afro-Caribbean candidates, a 78% increase in Asian American/Pacific Islander candidates and a 34% increase in Latinx/Hispanic candidates.
- 55 trans people are running in 2022, a 62% increase in 2020 and a 15% increase in 2018.
- There has been a sharp increase in gender non-conforming candidates, with 20 running in 2022 compared to zero in 2020 and two in 2018.
- Bisexual candidates continue to increase with 103 running in 2022, a 32% increase in 2020 and a 264% increase in 2018.
- Since 2020, there has been a 73% increase in LGBTQ people running for federal office, a 12% increase in LGBTQ people running for state legislatures and a whopping 543% increase in LGBTQ people running for statewide office.
“With more LGBTQ people running than ever before, this election also brings incredible opportunity to elect fiercely pro-choice, pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot,” Parker said. “The LGBTQ leaders we elect will not only be critical voices in halls of power across the country, but their success will also be a deafening rebuke to the wave of hate impacting our community.”
The LGBTQ Victory Fund also has the full memo of the 2022 LGBTQ candidate data.