2018 sees record number of LGBT+ candidates running for office

An unprecedented 430 openly LBGT+ candidates are running for office in this year’s midterm elections. This record high comes at a time when hard-won LGBT+ rights are facing threats at every level of government, including attempts on the part of the Trump administration to ban transgender people from the military and a surge in support for so-called religious freedom protections.

Many candidates specifically cite the current political climate and civil rights as a factor in their decision to run.

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” said Jessica Gonzalez, who is unopposed to represent the 104th District in the Texas House of Representatives.

Observers hope increased representation of LGBT+ people in government could help stem threats to LGBT+ equality.

Read more at the New York Times