Mississippi only state with no elected LGBTQ official: report
Mississippi is the only state in the U.S. with no known out LGBTQ elected official serving, according to a new annual report by The LGBTQ Victory Institute.
Nationwide, LGBTQ elected officials increased by 17 percent in the last year, with 986 currently serving, according to the report. Eighty-four percent of all LGBTQ elected officials are Democrats while just 3 percent are Republicans.
Annise Parker, the institute's president and CEO, acknowledged the partisan divide among LGBTQ officials to The New York Times.
"There are more trans elected officials than there are out Republican elected officials," she said.