A recent study by UCLA's Williams Institute has brought to light the states with the densest populations of LGBTQ+ adults in the United States, reaffirming the growing diversity and presence of the LGBTQ+ community. Among the top five queerest states, New Hampshire stands as a notable contender, with approximately 7.2 percent (78,400 people) of its adult population identifying as queer.
New Hampshire's vibrant LGBTQ+ community has achieved significant milestones, including becoming the first Republican-controlled state to protect transgender rights in 2018. In a historic election in 2022, James Roesener, a New Hampshire Democrat, made history by becoming the first openly transgender man to be elected to any state legislature in U.S. history.
These developments underscore the work organizations in New Hampshire are doing to foster an inclusive environment and support LGBTQ+ rights. The work doesn't stop here, as organizations like Queerlective are actively involved in creating and promoting inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ+ and underserved communities in the state through the power of art.
Queerlective's initiatives focus on empowering marginalized communities, advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, and providing educational programs that foster social change. Our efforts align with the broader movement to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community's contributions to the rich tapestry of New Hampshire's social and cultural landscape.
As the LGBTQ+ community continues to thrive in New Hampshire, the progress of organizations like Queerlective stands as a testament to the ongoing progress in promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equality for all.
[Note: This article is inspired by a Pink News blog post. For the original article, please visit: https://www.thepinknews.com/2023/12/11/usa-queer-lgbtq-state-ucla-williams-institute-ranking/#page/6]