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Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. – who in 2013 became the first openly homosexual U.S. senator – speaks at a ceremony celebrating passage of the Respect for Marriage Act at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 8, 2022. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
118th Congress breaks record for lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual representation
January 11, 2023
Reprinted from The Pew Research Center
Thirteen voting members of the 118th Congress identify as lesbian, homosexual or bisexual – the highest number of openly lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual members in history. While small, the number of lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual lawmakers in Congress has steadily increased over the last decade.
Two senators and 11 members of the House of Representatives identify as lesbian, homosexual or bisexual, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of lawmakers’ official biographies, campaign websites and news reports. The previous Congress included a total of 11 lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual lawmakers. There have not been any openly transgender members of Congress to date.
The number of lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual members of Congress has more than tripled in recent years. In the 112th Congress of 2011-13, just four members – all representatives – identified as homosexual or lesbian (and none as bisexual), according to data from the Victory Fund, a political action committee that works to elect lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer politicians.
In the current Senate, Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin became the first openly lesbian, homosexual, or bisexual person to serve in the chamber when she was elected in 2012, and Kyrsten Sinema, an independent from Arizona, is the first openly bisexual person to serve in either chamber.
In the House, all but one of the 11 openly homosexual or lesbian representatives are Democrats. The exception is Republican George Santos of New York, who in the 2022 midterm cycle became the first openly homosexual, non-incumbent Republican to win a congressional election. (Since then, however, key aspects of Santos’ biography have been called into question.)
Seven of the 11 openly homosexual or lesbian representatives in the House are returning members of Congress. The four newly elected members include Santos; Robert Garcia, D-Calif., the first openly homosexual immigrant elected to Congress; Democrat Eric Sorensen, the first out homosexual congressperson to represent Illinois; and Democrat Becca Balint, the first woman and first openly lesbian, homosexual, or bisexual person to represent Vermont.
Eight of the 11 House members who identify as homosexual or lesbian are homosexual men and three are lesbians.
Despite the steady increase in lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual representation on Capitol Hill, this group remains underrepresented compared with the U.S. population as a whole. The 13 lesbian, homosexual, or bisexual members of Congress account for about 2% of the 534 voting lawmakers as of Jan. 3, 2023. Lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual Americans make up 6.5% of the adult population overall, according to a 2021 Gallup survey.
The record congressional diversity in sexual orientation comes alongside several other milestones in lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer political leadership in the United States. In the November midterm elections, Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Tina Kotek of Oregon became the first openly lesbian governors in U.S. history. And several state legislatures now include transgender or nonbinary lawmakers for the first time, including New Hampshire, which became the first state in the country to elect a transgender man to its state legislature.