By the Numbers: LGBTQ political representation

A look at the state of political representation for America’s diverse LGBTQ community as a record number of LGBTQ candidates seek office.
1:20 | 06/23/22

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JUNE IS OF COURSE PRIDE MONTH, AND A TIME TO LOOK AT THE STATE OF THE POLITICAL REPRESENTATION FOR AMERICA'S DIVERSE LGBTQ COMMUNITY BY THE NUMBERS. 104, THAT IS AT LEAST HOW MANY LGBTQ CANDIDATES HAVE LAUNCHED CAMPAIGNS FOR CONGRESSES HERE ACCORDING TO AXIOS, AND THAT IS A RECORD. NEARLY 20% INCREASE COMPARED TO 2021 87 LGBTQ CANDIDATES RAN FOR THE HOUSE OR SENATE AS OF LAST WEEK, 57 OF THOSE CONGRESSIONAL LGBTQ CANDIDATES WERE STILL ACTIVELY RUNNING ACCORDING TO THE DATA THE VICTORY FUND PROVIDED TO AXIOS. THERE ARE STILL ONLY 11 OPEN LGBTQ LAWMAKERS SERVING IN CONGRESS. THEY HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR DECADES FOR MORE POLITICAL REPRESENTATION. 1974, THAT IS A YEAR, 21 YEAR OLD KATHY KOSACHEV WON A CITY COUNCIL RACE TO BECOME THE FIRST OPENLY GAY OR LESBIAN CANDIDATE TO EVER WIN ELECTED OFFICE IN THE U.S.. IN 1977, SHE WAS FOLLOWED BY FELLOW TRAIL BLAZER, HARVEY MILK, WHO WON A SEAT ON SAN FRANCISCO'S BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. MANY LGBTQ CANDIDATES THAT POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT AMID A NATIONAL BACKLASH AGAINST THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN RECENT MONTHS. 300 ANTI LGBTQ BILLS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED AND AT LEAST 28 STATES THIS YEAR. MANY OF THEM

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