Record number of LGBT people run for U.S. office
A record number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are standing in elections for public office in the United States, a non-profit group that supports them said on Tuesday.
"It's a really exciting time," Sean Meloy, the Victory Institute's political director, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"We believe that representation is power and when someone is in the room and helping to make decisions, they will automatically bring an LGBTQ perspective."
They are running for positions ranging from state governor to local government officials.
Among them is Alexandra Chandler, a Democrat transgender woman and former military intelligence officer running for Congress in Massachusetts.
She said a more diverse group of officials would better reflect society and bring better policy, but that she did not believe her identity was a concern for most voters.
"They want the person that gets the job done," she said. "The gender identity or sexual identity, it's part of someone's biography, it's part of the whole person they bring to the table, but it's only a part."
"Gay people have always been involved with electoral politics and many of them ran for office," said Egan, associate professor of politics and public policy at New York University.
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