***This page contains data regarding transgender and nonbinary candidates
for political office in the U.S. in 2019. Click here for the current list.***
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 across 30 countries and counting. I have presented this research to the British Parliament, London School of Economics, and the 2015 International LGBT Leaders Conference.
I continue to catalogue transgender candidates in the United States,
often with the help of people around the country who take the time to contact me. Thank you!
This project has received press coverage, catalogued below.
Notes for Journalists Covering Transgender Issues:
Please see GLAAD's Media Reference Guides on
transgender terminology and best practices for reporting.
List of Transgender &
Nonbinary U.S. Candidates
Candidacies - 2019: 23 | 2018: 54 | 2017: 25
Victories - 2019: 15 | 2018: 10 | 2017: 10
Last updated Tuesday, January 4, 2022
8:30 am Central
(1/4/21 - adding Maebe A. Girl)
(12/10/20 - adding Stacie-Marie Laughton)
(7/18/20 - adding Cassandra Martineau)
green text=won election!
Danica Roem (D) - Virginia 13 (won reelection in Nov)
Jennifer Williams (R) - New Jersey 15 (lost in Nov)
Deja Lynn Alvarez (D) - Philadelphia PA (lost primary in May)
Palana Belken - Rochester NH (won in Nov)
Laura Benjamin (NP) - Eau Claire WI (won in April)
Maebe A. Girl, identifies as non-binary - Silver Lake CA (won in April)
Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe (NP) - San Antonio TX (lost in May)
Sophia Hawes-Tingey - Midvale UT (lost in Nov)
Austin Morreale - Highland Park NJ (lost primary in June)
Veronica Pejril (D) - Greencastle IN (won in Nov)
Air Rhodes (D), identifies as non-binary - Beacon NY (won in Nov)
Tarrence Robertson-Bayless - St. Paul MN (lost in Nov)
Holly Ryan (D) - Newton MA (won in Nov)
Aime Wichtendahl (D) - Hiawatha IA (won reelection in Nov)
Henry Sias - Philadelphia PA (lost primary in May)
Other Local Offices
Gerri Cannon (D) - School Board, Somersworth NH (won reelection in Nov)
Lizbeth DeSelm (D) - School Board, Melrose MA (won reelection in Nov)
Jordan Evans (R) - Library Board of Trustees, Charlton MA (won reelection in May)
Jordan Evans (R) - Town Constable, Charlton MA (won reelection in May)
Brandy Fortson, identifies as non-binary - School Board, Corvallis OR (won in May)
Cassandra Martineau (Green) - Board of Education, Windham CT (lost in Nov)
Stacie-Marie Laughton (D) - Selectman, Nashua NH (won in Nov, as write-in candidate)
Donna Price (D) - County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County VA (won in Nov)
Urn Pendragon ran for mayor of New Haven CT but withdrew from the race prior to the Nov election.
Sebastian Rey ran for city council in Jefferson Parish LA but withdrew from the race prior to the primary.
Zoe Roberts was appointed (not elected) to the County Board in Eau Claire, WI, in October 2019.
Melina Barratt announced she will run for State Senate in Florida in 2020.
Bre Kidman (D), who identifies as nonbinary, announced they would run for U.S. Senate in Maine in 2020.
Sarah McBride (D) announced she will run for Delaware State Senate in 2020.
Jill Rose Quinn (D) announced she will run for Cook County Circuit Court in 2020.
Pam Rocker (D) announced she will run for President in 2020.
Davin Sokup (D) announced he will run for State Senate in Minnesota (20) in 2020.
Danielle VanHelsing (I) announced she will run for U.S. Senate in Maine in 2020.
Monique Worthy (R) announced she will run for U.S. House in Texas (13) in 2020.
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!
Presentations & Press Coverage
"Over 150 LGBTQ candidates claim victory in midterm elections." NBC News. Julie Moreau. Nov 7.
"Our Political Party System May Be Binary But Our Candidate's Gender Need Not Be." Daily Grab Back. Oct 23.
"‘I’m Not Running Because I’m Trans’: Meet the Men Fighting to Build Power One State Legislature Seat at a Time." Rewire.News. s.e. smith. Oct 5.
"Transgender candidates could make history in upcoming races." Reuters. Daniel Trotta. Aug 10.
"Chandler poised to make historic run." Lowell Sun and Sentinel & Enterprise. Chris Lisinski. Aug 10.
"For Trans Candidates, Even Losing is Winning." The Advocate. Jacob Anderson-Minshall. July 26.
"Why Aren't More Transgender Men Involved in Virginia Politics?" GayRVA. Jo Rozycki. July 26.
"Where Are the Trans Men in Politics?" HuffPost. Natalie Vikhrov. June 2.
"For LGBTQ community, 2017 was a mixed bag." NBC News. Brooke Sopelsa and John Paul Brammer. Jan 2.
"LGBTQ Political Candidates Score Historic Victories Across U.S." NBC News. Julie Moreau. Nov 8.
"Wins for trans candidates seen as nationwide clarion call." Washington Blade. Chris Johnson. Nov 8.
"Out for votes: Battle over rights inspires more U.S. transgender candidates." Reuters. Letitia Stein. Oct 31.
"The Second Coming Out: Trans Candidates and the Quest for Public Service." Esquire Magazine. Nico Lang. Oct 25.
"For some transgender Texans, bathroom bill fight spurs bids for office." Texas Tribune. Emma Platoff. Sept 20.
"How Dan Patrick's bathroom bill galvanized transgender Texans." Dallas Morning News. Lauren McGaughy. Aug 20.
"Transgender Candidate Danica Roem Wins Virginia Primary, Makes History." NBC News. Julie Moreau. June 14.
"Will 2017 Be the 'Year of the Trans Candidate'?" NBC News. Julie Moreau. June 12.
"Trump bump? More transgender candidates seek public office." NBC News. Julie Moreau. April.
Podcast: Dialogues on Democracy. International Foundation for Electoral Systems. June.
"This map shows the 31 countries where transgender and gender-variant candidates have run for office since 1977." The Washington Post, The Monkey Cage. December.
"UNC LGBTQ Representation and Rights Initiative Publishes First Report on Transgender Officials." UNC Global. December.
Presentation at British Parliament, Westminster Palace. Co-sponsored by Kaleidoscope Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights. November.
Presentation at the London School of Economics' International Inequalities Institute. November.
Presentation at the International LGBT Leaders Conference. "Out to Win: Transgender Elected Officials" panel. (here) November.
"Electing transgender officials: A new frontier in politics." The Washington Blade. November.
"Trans representation wins screen time yet loses at the ballot box." TakePart.com. November.
"The invisibility of transgender people in electoral politics around the world." The New Statesman. November.