In the midterm elections in the United States, LGBTQ political candidates make history.
During the forthcoming midterm elections across the United States, 678 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, (LGBTQ) nominees will show up on ballots. This is a historic number that comes at a time when proponents say a tidal wave of state statutes has attacked gay & transgender rights.
According to the information provided by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, there were a total of 1,065 openly LGBTQ persons who ran for office in 2022, including the candidates who participated in the general election in November.
On November 8th voters will select the political composition of the United States Senate and House of Representatives as well as state leaders and lawmakers. Voters will also travel to the polls to pick who will represent their state.
Annise Parker, president of the Victory Fund, said that there is a potential to “elect more LGBTQ persons to offices than ever before” due to the rise in the amount of LGBTQ primary candidates in the election, which marks an increase of 18.1% compared to the election in 2020.
She issued a statement in which she stated, “Bigots want us to remain home and keep quiet, but their assaults are backfiring and have instead spurred a new generation of LGBTQ leaders to run for government positions.” “Bigots wish for us to stay in our homes and quiet,” she continued. When our civil liberties are in jeopardy, it would be irresponsible of us to take a back seat and do nothing.
As per Gabriele Magni, an asst political science professor at Loyola Marymount School in Los Angeles, transgender rights have been “exploited in past years as a talking point that is used to mobilize voters within the most conservative base of the Republican Party.” This has motivated many LGBTQ candidates across the country to run for office in response to the recent avalanche of legislation that is regarded as being anti-LGBTQ.