An unprecedented number of LGBTQ people will run for office in 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed 39 openly LGBTQ candidates for 2019 and 2020 races – including three incumbent members of Congress. More openly LGBTQ candidates will run for office in 2020 than in any previous election year, surpassing the more than 700 candidates who ran in the “Rainbow Wave” of 2018. Victory Fund has endorsed 66 LGBTQ candidates for 2020 so far.

More LGBTQ candidates won than in any other odd-numbered election year

 

WASHINGTON, DC – While returns continue coming in, election results so far indicate a strong night for LGBTQ candidates, with at least 80 out queer and trans candidates winning their races as of November 6th at 12:40am ET. Twelve races remain undecided and three are heading to runoffs. 

 

Roem’s opponent launched anti-trans ad in final weeks of the campaign

 

On Tuesday night Virginia Delegate Danica Roem – the first openly out-and-seated transgender state legislator ever elected in the United States – defeated her anti-LGBTQ challenger Kelly McGinn in a race that was considered a bellwether for whether Virginia is trending Democratic. Holding her seat was considered critical to Democratic efforts to retake the House of Delegates in 2019. Roem is now the first out trans state legislator to win reelection.

  

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