Cory Booker: ‘LGBTQ People Are 4.5%+ of the U.S. Population But Only 0.1% of All Officeholders’

By Staff | April 3, 2019 | 4:43pm EDT
Sen. Cory Booker with colleagues in the Senate Judiciary Committee (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)

( - Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.) sent out a Tweet on Tuesday night noting that it was “National Out to Win Day” and featuring a link to the LGBTQ Victory Institute website.

“LGBTQ people are 4.5%+ of the U.S. population but only 0.1% of all officeholders identify as LGBTQ,” said Booker’s Tweet. “For National #OutToWin Day let’s work on fixing this severe under-representation & encourage our LGBTQ friends, family & community leaders to run for office.”

The LGBTQ Victory Institute website that Booker linked to with his Tweet says of the organization’s mission: “LGBTQ Victory Institute works to increase the number of LGBTQ people in public office and to provide programming, service and other support to help ensure their success.”

“LGBTQ Victory Institute was launched as Victory Foundation in 1993 to begin training current and future LGBTQ candidates and campaign workers to ensure a successful career in public service,” says the site. “The Victory Institute expanded its programming to include the Presidential Appointments Initiative—which works to place openly LGBTQ appointees in pro-equality presidential administrations—and the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference, an annual conference that attracts hundreds of openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials.”

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