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Out LGBTQ+ Elected Officials Jump to Record Level in Past Year

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From left, some of the out officials who have taken office this year: Alex Ruggiers, member of the Norman, Okla., Board of Education; Keturah Herron, Kentucky state representative, and Jolanda Jones, Texas state representative.

Photos courtesy LGBTQ Victory Fund/Victory Institute The number of out elected officials in the U.S. has risen 5.8 percent in the past year and more than doubled in the past five, according to a new report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute.There are at least 1,043 out LGBTQ+ people in elected office around the nation, notes the report, “Out for America 2022,” issued Thursday.

This year the number exceeded 1,000 for the first time, and the group is diverse in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.Among the indicators of growing diversity: The number of LGBTQ+ elected officials of color increased by 12.3 percent since 2021, compared to just 1.3 percent for white LGBTQ+ elected officials.

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