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LGBTQ Record 57 Percent Success During Midterms

  • Transgender rights activists protest the government's alleged attempt to strip transgender people of official recognition at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    Transgender rights activists protest the government's alleged attempt to strip transgender people of official recognition at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 November 2018
Opinion

A report released by the LGBTQ Victory Fund revealed 57 perfect of all LGBTQ candidates won their elections.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund released a detailed report Monday that found 57 percent of all LGBTQ candidates won their elections.

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The fund, which tracks, and promotes LGBTQ candidates, celebrated the results but insisted more work needed to be done until the LGBTQ community were equally represented.

Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the Fund, told NBC that, “It is vital we recruit and train more LGBTQ people of color, women and trans candidates because America needs their voices in the halls of power.”

Of the 225 candidates endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, 72 percent were victorious.  

The incumbents were made-up of 135 of the 432 LGBTQ candidates on the ballot, with 79 percent of LGBTQ winning their race.

Approximately 57 percent of cisgender (non-transgender) men emerged victorious, while more than 63 percent of cisgender won their races. For trans men and trans women, the rates were 38 and 32 percent, respectively.

Gay men (48 percent) and lesbians (32 percent) made up the majority of the LGBTQ candidates.

There will be an increase in the number of LGBTQ elected officials in both the House and Senate, with two LGBTQ members in the Senate, and eight in the House.

In sticking with the overall trend of the midterm elections, female candidates outperformed male candidates.

Meanwhile, African-American and Asian-American candidates had the highest rate of success, 68 percent and 71 percent, respectively.

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