June is Pride Month
Forty-four years ago, Kathy Kozachenko became the first openly gay or lesbian politician to win a campaign for elected office in the United States. Since then, dozens of other trailblazers and LGBTQ+ politicians have led the way in their communities.
These are just a few of the leaders our country has seen from the LGBTQ+ community.
That said, there is still a significant underrepresentation of LGBTQ+ politicians in government.
In 2016, roughly four percent of Americans identified as being part of the LGBTQ+ community.
In a perfect world of equal representation, that’d mean we’d see about four LGBTQ+ senators and 17 LGBTQ+ representatives in Congress.
But, we don’t live in a perfect world. Currently just one Senator, Tammy Baldwin, serves in Congress.
Senator Baldwin is a true trailblazer in terms of equal representation. Elected in 2012, Senator Baldwin is the first openly LGBTQ+ member of the Senate. She is also the first woman to be elected to the Senate from Wisconsin.
In the House, there are just six LGBTQ+ members. Jared Polis, David Ciciline, Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Pocan, Mark Takano, and Sean Patrick Maloney are all proudly serving to provide us with a more equal representation.
Here at NDTC we are proud to provide free training to Democrats across the country.
Candidates of every background, race, culture, and sexual orientation are joined in our school and trainings by one mission: to make their communities better places to live for everyone.
NDTC believes that our differences enhance our strength as a political party—and as a nation.
So far, we have a host of LGBTQ+ candidates running for office. Many of these candidates are the first to run in their districts. Here’s what some of them have to say about running for office:
“The importance of me running for Sheriff is two-fold. First, I want to serve as an example for other LGBTQ community members who wish to join the criminal justice field. Secondly, I think that the LGBTQ community deserves an advocate in our criminal justice system.”
–Dustin Heuerman candidate for Sheriff in Champaign County, Illinois
“With people of different backgrounds, we are more likely to solve the problems we face today. It’s important to have visibility for marginalized communities. This helps educate the general public and to let others in these marginalized communities know that they are not alone.”
–Sydney Ludwick – Candidate for County Coroner in Douglas County, Colorado
Pride Month with NDTC
This is why we are putting our full force into Pride Month.
In the month ahead you’ll see:
- A Twitter chat to talk about LGBTQ+ candidates running for office.
- Candidate spotlights on some of our amazing trainees from the LGBTQ+ community.
- Tributes to thank past and current trailblazers and encourage future ones.
- …..And some surprises along the way.
We are excited to use Pride Month to spotlight the amazing ways these LGBTQ+ politicians are making our communities a better place for all.
Are you a member of the LGBTQ+ community and want to run for office? We can help. Sign-up for free candidate training HERE.