Project LPAC works to increase LGBTQ women’s civic engagement and political participation.
Our mission is to study, compile and disseminate empirical research about LGBTQ women as a political community, with a particular focus on those who are economically challenged, transgender women, and/or women of color. We will share the findings of this research with organizations, corporations and NGOs so that they can be fully inclusive in their efforts to empower and increase the involvement of LGBTQ women in society.
Women – LGBTQ women in particular – are underrepresented at the highest levels of government. There are currently five LGBTQ women in Congress. While this is a record, it’s still less than 1 percent of all federal legislators, well below proportional representation. The situation is even worse in the other branches of government: an openly LGBTQ woman has never served in the Cabinet or on the Supreme Court.
In recent years there has not been comprehensive research specifically exploring LGBTQ women as a political community. Given their lack of representation in government, it is especially important to understand this community’s connection to electoral politics to help policymakers, candidates, and organizations which aim to represent and advocate for women and other marginalized communities do so more thoroughly and inclusively.