Over 400 LGBTQ+ People Run for Public Office
This year shows an exciting change in politics for LGBTQ+ people that can set a precedent for future generations. According to The Victory Institute, although LGBTQ+ people are still largely underepresented in positions of power, more than 400 LGBTQ+ candidates are running for public office in 2018. This number shows a higher level of participation than ever before, marking history in our nation. Sean Meloy, the Victory Institute’s political director, says, “It’s a really exciting time.”
The Victory Institute also reports that only .1 percent of all elected public officials currently serving are openly LGBTQ+ (meaning only 559 officials). In contrast, a major national poll suggests than an estimated 5 percent of U.S. citizens identify as LGBTQ+. The same poll also suggested that the figure could exceed 20 percent among young
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