Transgender Candidates

 

 

In 2015, I conducted a project (coauthored with Andrew Reynolds) to examine the success rates of transgender and gender-diverse candidates for office around the world. We developed an original dataset of nearly 130 unique candidates (as of November 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
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Vegas panel
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Parliament panelists
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Notes for Journalists Covering Transgender Issues:
 
Please see the Trans Journalists Association's
style guide for covering transgender people and issues.
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List of Transgender Candidates in the U.S.
2022

2022 Candidacies: TBD

2021: 21 | 2020: 50 | 2019: 23 | 2018: 54 | 2017: 25

2022 Victories: TBD

2021: 9 | 2020: 16| 2019: 15 | 2018: 10 | 2017: 10

Last updated Tuesday, December 14, 2021

9:00 am Central

2022

NP=non-partisan

green = victory

*=won primary

U.S. House

  • Maebe A. Girl (D), who also identifies as nonbinary, announced she will run for U.S. House in California (District 28) in 2022. 

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

  • Kimi Cole (D) announced she will run for Nevada Lieutenant Governor in 2022.

State Senate

  • Brooklyn Owen (unaffiliated) announced she will run for the Florida Senate (District 6) in 2022.

State House

  • Deja Alvarez (D) announced she will run for the Pennsylvania House (District 182) in 2022.

  • Janelle Crossley (D) announced she will run for the Pennsylvania House (District 199) in 2022.

City Council

  • Billie Cooper announced she will run for City Supervisor (District 6) in San Francisco, CA, in 2022.

  • Rachael Rose Luckey announced she will run for City Council (District 13) in Los Angeles, CA, in 2022.

  • Allison Scott announced she will run for City Council in Asheville, NC, in 2022.

School Board

  • Shepherd Janeway announced they will run for Madison, WI, School Board in April 2022.

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2022 Notes

  • Kendall Martinez-Wright announced she would run for the Missouri House (District 5) in 2022, but in Sept 2021 withdrew.

  • Lisa Middleton (D) announced she would run for the California Senate (District 28) in 2022, but in Dec 2021 the state's redistricting commission changed the district's election cycle to 2024. Read more here.

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Click here for a list of candidates who ran in 2021.

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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