The political representation of the LGBTQ community in the United States increased by 21 percent since June 2019.
LGBTQ political representation jumps 21% in past year, data shows. https://t.co/NKmwlldEN3— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 17, 2020
According to Out for America 2020, census of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer elected officials, at least 843 openly members of the LGBTQ community currently serve in elected offices across the US but Annise Parker, former Houston Mayor and LGBTQ Victory Institute’s President said that despite the significant increase of the participation of the LGBTQ people, they continue to be severely underrepresented in every state and at every level of government and members of the community would need to win more than 22,500 additional positions to achieve proportionate representation.
In New York state, a gay, Black attorney, was this week's declared winner of the Democratic primary for a congressional seat opening up in New York City’s northern suburbs, he is Mondaire Jones. In his primary victory statement, Jones said that he never imagined someone like him poor, black, and gay could run for congress and win.
“When LGBTQ elected officials are in the halls of power, they change the hearts and minds of their lawmaker colleagues, defeat anti-LGBTQ bills, and inspire more inclusive legislation,” said Annise Parker. She believed that LGBTQ elected officials have been leaders on a wide range of issues, including affordable housing, health care, immigration, and gun control, as well as influencing the debate on LGBTQ rights.