Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBT Victory Institute, released the following statement:
LGBTQ elected officials are on the front lines of defending our rights and freedoms, which are under threat at every level of government. Despite the fact the LGBTQ community has never had equitable representation in government — and we still have a long way to go — there are clear signs of progress. LGBTQ elected officials represent the strength and diversity of not only who we are as a society now, but also the America we aspire to build for future generations.
According to the institute, the current tally of LGBT officials represents a 5% increase last year's. The institute further notes that 75% of LGBT officials are Democrats, while only 3% are Republicans. Transgender officials have also increased by 10% from last year.
This development is no surprise to observers looking at the demographics. The number who identify as LGBT has exploded over the last 10 years. According to a Gallup Poll, only 3.5% of Americans identified as LGBT in 2012. But this number nearly doubled to 7.1% by 2021.
The same poll suggests the reason for this may be the enormous variation in such identification among generations. Only 1% of Americans born before the baby boomer generation identify as LGBT, which doubled to 2% among the boomers. In each subsequent generation, the number virtually doubles, with 4% of Generation X, 10% of millenials and an astonishing 20% of Generation Z identifying as LGBT. Half of those identifying as LGBT identify as bisexual.
The sharp rise in LGBT identification is thought to be due to more significant numbers of Generation Z reaching maturity.
In the political landscape, the older generations such as the Silent Generation and the baby boomers are aging out of office. They are being replaced by Generation X and even by some millennials.
The surge in LGBT identification is beginning to raise some eyebrows even among those outside conservative circles. Prominent liberal commentator Bill Maher noted that if "we follow this trajectory, we will all be gay in 2054."
He also drew attention to the regional variation in transgender identification among Generation Z: "If this spike in trans children is all biological, why is it regional? Either Ohio is shaming them or California is creating them," which triggered a storm of criticism online.
LGBT politicians are also concentrated in certain regions. The Victory Institute observed that Mississippi, Louisiana and South Dakota have no LGBT statesmen to speak of. On the other hand, the gay-politician leader, California, boasts a whopping 165. Pennsylvania follows with 57, and Illinois with 45. Massachusetts, New York and Michigan feature 40 apiece, and Florida comes next, with 39.
The unusual demographic patterns have raised suspicions that LGBT identification could be a social contagion. According to Oxford Reference, social contagion is "the spread of ideas, attitudes or [behavior] patterns in a group through imitation and conformity."
The oversaturation of LGBT representation in media may be a driving factor. In a report released by GLAAD, nearly 12% of characters on TV are homosexual. This is five points above the population's baseline of 7.1%. So "alternate lifestyles" are grossly overrepresented in television.
In media of every stripe, all things LGBT are glamorized. And Americans are being exposed at younger and younger ages to homosexual ideology, especially via "sexual education." Moral and religious objections are being dismissed as simple bigotry, and studies on social contagion as a driver of LGBT behavior are aggressively "fact-checked" in the press.
The Victory Institute seeks to grow the number of LGBT officials in office. Its goal is ostensibly to raise the number of LGBT officials to be "equitable" with the current LGBTQ population in the United States. By its estimate, approximately .2% of elected politicians are LGBT. To reach the goal of 7.1% representation, almost 38,000 additional LGBT officials must be installed in office.
According to Annise Parker, more LGBT officials are needed to oppose "unprecedented attacks on trans kids" and measures "to censor classrooms and libraries."
Parker drew national controversy as mayor of Houston by subpoenaing religious leaders who opposed a transgender ordinance.