The LGBTQ Caucus in the 2021 Texas Legislature (Photo by David Taffet) A record number of LGBT candidates are running for office across Texas and across the country DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writertaffet@dallasvoice.com For the first time in history, out LGBTQ candidates are on the ballot in all 50 states.
As a bonus, gay candidates are also running in Guam — for lieutenant governor — and in the District of Columbia, where more than 20 LGBTQ people are on the ballot, according to the LGBT Victory Fund.
A record number of out candidates, as well as a record percentager of those running, won their primaries. At least 1,065 out people ran or are running for office in 2022.
That includes 678 candidates who won their primaries — a 64 percent win rate in this election cycle. In 2020, 574 people won their primaries for a 57 percent rate of winning. “Voters are sick and tired of the relentless attacks lobbed against the LGBTQ community this year,” Victory Fund CEO Annise Parker said. “Bigots want us to stay home and stay quiet, but their attacks are backfiring.” Another record set this year is the number of LGBTQ people running for state legislative seats.