10% of state legislatures identify as LGBTQ | news

SACRAMENTO — While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories nationwide in this year’s midterm election, California quietly achieved its own: at least 10% of its state legislatures publicly identify as LGBTQ, in what is believed to be a first for any U.S. legislature.

California lawmakers, all Democrats, are proud of their success but say it underscores the hard work that remains in their own state and elsewhere, such as dealing with the fallout of measures like Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” -Law banning some classes on sexual orientation and gender identity or laws in other states restricting transgender students’ participation in sports or blocking gender-affirming medical care for youth.