Historic Number of LGBTQ+ State Legislators Fight Back Against GOP Extremism

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WASHINGTON — As the country celebrates Pride Month, the DLCC is highlighting the nearly 200 openly LGBTQ+ Democratic legislators – an over 15% increase from last year – and the work our state Democrats are doing to pass policies that uplift these communities and advance LGBTQ+ rights. At a time when the GOP is mounting historic attacks on LGBTQ+ Americans in the states, especially the transgender community, Democratic majorities and a historic number of LGBTQ+ lawmakers are fighting back to defend fundamental rights. 

“We are proud to stand with our LGBTQ+ neighbors and honor the sacrifices made by generations of activists, leaders, and lawmakers who fought to make this nation a better place for their communities,” said DLCC interim President Heather Williams. “In every corner of the country, state Democrats are protecting the rights of millions of Americans while Republican lawmakers continue to threaten countless LGBTQ+ lives by advancing their extremist agenda. The GOP is showing no signs of slowing down their attacks, and state Democrats will continue to stand up against the Republican Party’s heartless, bigoted agenda.”

The DLCC is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures. Last year, the DLCC defied the odds by not losing any state legislative majorities, flipping four key chambers, and creating four new Democratic trifectas – the best midterm year for the party in power since at least 1934. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and pass the policies that have the biggest impact on Americans’ day-to-day lives.