It’s hard to come up with a group that is less represented in public office than LGBTQ people. If you take Santa Clara County, for example, with 2 million residents, the percent of queer people serving on elected boards is almost zero. There are an estimated 298 local elected offices in the county that candidates can run for (city, county, school board, community college, special districts). Currently, there are 6 out LGBTQ elected officials. That’s 0.07 percent.
This is why we must continue to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ people, by sharing our stories, and making sure to vote in local and national elections.