Record number of LGBT+ candidates set to run in U.S. election

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10/10/2020

A record number of LGBT+ people will run for office in next month’s U.S. election, reflecting stronger support for LGBT+ rights among Americans that is eroding concerns about the electability of gay, bisexual and transgender candidates. A report by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which seeks to elect gay, lesbian, bi or trans lawmakers, said this week at least 574 openly LGBT+ candidates would appear on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election. That would be a third more than the number who contested the 2018 midterm elections. “LGBTQ people are running for office in numbers thought unthinkable just a decade ago and the impact will be enormous if this growth trend continues,” Annise Parker, head of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in an email.

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