Over 200 out LGBTQ+ candidates won their elections in 2023 more than in any other odd-numbered election year in U.S. history, according to the LGBTQ+ Victory Fund., which declares the results a “Rainbow Wave.” The number of victories is expected to rise as more election results come in. The previous record was in 2021, when 184 out LGBTQ+ candidates won.
More LGBTQ+ candidates ran in 2023 than ever before. At least 514 ran, according to the group’s Out on the Trail report.
Mayor Annise Parker, president & CEO of LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the historic election night:
“Bigoted politicians attempted to use LGBTQ+ people as a political weapon, but voters rejected those cynical tactics. Anti-LGBTQ attacks failed across the nation, particularly in Virginia,” Annise Parker, Houston mayor and president of the Victory Fund. “We elected a historic number of LGBTQ+ candidates who are ready to serve their communities. Tonight’s rainbow wave is a testament to the perseverance of LGBTQ+ political power and a bellwether for the 2024 election cycle. Equality wins elections – not culture war scare tactics.”
More out LGBTQ+ candidates have run for office in 2023 than ever before in an odd election year. See live election results for all 166 LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidates on the November ballot at victoryfund.org/results2023.
Today is election day in Utah, and at least five LGBTQ+ candidates are on the ballots across the state: Jordan Davis for Draper City Council, Taylor Knuth for Ogden City Mayor, Marnie LeFevre for West Valley City Council, Paul Sanchez for South Salt Lake City Council, and Bob Sertner for Park City Council.