Record number of LGBTQ candidates on the ballot

A new study shows tallies 843 openly LGBTQ elected officials across all levels of government at present, up from 417 in June 2016. One of record field of LGBTQ candidates is New York congressional candidate Ritchie Torres. (Oct. 29)

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RITCHIE TORRES: I'm Ritchie Torres, born and bred in the Bronx.

I never thought I'd be living history. You know, my candidacy is part of a rainbow tsunami that has swept the country. There are hundreds of openly LGBTQ candidates who are running for public office from every background. We're going to have the first openly gay Black LGBTQ member of Congress, the first openly gay Latino LGBTQ member of Congress, and I'm both. I'm going to be the first openly LGBTQ Afro Latino member of Congress. So I'm excited about the history that we're living through. You know, a wise person once said, if you don't have a seat at the table, then you're probably going to be on the menu. And LGBTQ people of color finally have a seat at the table in the halls of Congress.

We are one block away from Fordham Road and Arthur Avenue. Fordham Road is the largest commercial district in the Bronx.

Look, I see it as a win for democracy. You know, for democracy to be truly representative, it has to be every bit as dynamic and diverse as America itself. And the next generation of congressional leadership truly captures America as a mosaic of a multiracial, multi-ethnic democracy. So that's going to be the greatest contribution that the new class will make to American politics.