Transgender Candidates Make History


The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund declared 2017 "the Year of the Trans Candidate", noting that four transgender candidates won their state and local elections last night (Tuesday, Nov. 7), "with one more possible as results trickle in".

A black transgender woman who won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council says her election "provides hope" for young transgender people.

While other transgender politicians have taken seat in office before, the word "openly" makes a difference here. Her campaign platform, the Advocate reported, included "affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, addressing youth violence as a matter of public health and supporting minority artists".

Imse said the number of transgender elected officials doubled this year across the country to almost a dozen, including Danica Roem, the first out transgender state legislator in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Sara McBride, press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, celebrated Jenkins' win on Twitter by saying: "History tonight in Minnesota as Andrea Jenkins wins a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first out Black trans woman elected to public office in America".

"It's a long game and we're taking the long view", said Jenkins, who won a four-way race with 73 percent of the vote. What makes her victory so sweet is that she beat out 13-term Republican incumbent who proudly refers to himself as "chief homophobe".

Jenkins told the Star Tribune she felt very proud of her community for electing her.

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In a historic win, Andrea Jenkins has secured the Ward 8 seat on the Minneapolis City Council. She is also a historian with the University of Minnesota's Transgender Oral History Project and an award-winning author of poetry and prose.

In her Oscar-worthy acceptance speech, Jenkins said: "As an African-American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus".

"When people do try to enact policies that are going to be detrimental to these communities, I can be that voice to derail that, to stop that, to resist". During yesterday's elections across the US three of them won their races in what's being called a stunning rebuke to Trump's divisive politics.

The 65-year-old candidate lives in Palm Springs with her wife Cheryl, a place she considers more trans-friendly than other areas of the US where transgender politicians are running.

Tyler Titus is the first openly trans person ever elected in Pennsylvania.

Those candidacies are partly a reaction to a wave of legislation hostile to transgender people in recent years from city halls to Congress, said Elliot Imse, communications director for the Washington D.C. -based Victory Fund, which supported LGBTQ candidates, including Jenkins and Cunningham.