Transgender Candidates



In 2015, I conducted a project (coauthored with Andrew Reynolds) to examine the success rates of transgender and gender-variant candidates for office around the world. We developed an original dataset of nearly 130 unique candidates (as of Nov. 2015) over nearly 40 years representing at least 30 countries. I presented this research to the British Parliament, London School of Economics, and the 2015 International LGBT Leaders Conference.


I continue to track transgender candidates in the United States,

often with the help of people around the country who take the time to contact me. Thank you!

Danica Roem's victory
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Andrea Jenkins' victory
Esquire coverage
2015 Report cover
Vegas panel
Parliament panelists
Parliament 3
Notes for Journalists Covering Transgender Issues:
Please see the Trans Journalists Association's
style guide for covering transgender people and issues.
List of Transgender Candidates in the U.S.

Candidacies - 2021: TBD

 2020: 49 | 2019: 22 | 2018: 53 | 2017: 25

Victories - 2021: TBD

2020: 16| 2019: 14 | 2018: 9 | 2017: 10

Last updated Thursday, December 10, 2020

9:30 am Eastern


NP=non-partisan race


*=won primary

State House

  • Danica Roem (D) [Incumbent] - Virginia 13

City Council

Click here for a list of candidates who ran in 2020.

Click here for a list of candidates who ran in 2019.

Click here for a list of candidates who ran in 2018.

Click here for a list of candidates who ran in 2017.

This is the policy report format of this research project, published in October 2015 by the LGBTQ Representation and Rights Research Initiative. The data regarding candidates (at the time of publication) is included in the report's appendix. If you know of someone we missed, please email me!

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