Minneapolis elects transgender woman to City Council

09 November, 2017, 01:56 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • Andrea Jenkins was elected to Minneapolis city council in Ward 8 on Nov. 7 2017

According to the Post, Roem said on Tuesday night, as her margin of victory became clear, "Discrimination is a disqualifier".

She won 73 percent of the first-choice votes. She said she hopes to further that sort of development across more Minneapolis neighborhoods once she takes her seat on the City Council in January. 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". According to the Advocate, Althena Garrison, a black woman, was the first transgender person elected to state legislature in 1992, but did not campaign openly with her gender and was violently ousted by The Boston Herald.

"Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight - becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major US city". Roem soundly defeated Bob Marshall, a longtime Republican delegate who sponsored legislation that would have restricted transgender bathroom use and who called himself the state's "chief homophobe".

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO of Victory Fund, a PAC dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders, cheered Jenkins' victory. She won a 2011 Bush Fellowship to work on transgender issues, and now curates the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota.

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'As an African American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus, ' Jenkins said in her winning speech.

One political researcher estimates that there are at least 29 openly transgender politicians running races in the US during the 2017 and 2018 elections.

'I'm really, really deeply proud of my community'.

Andrea Jenkins is now the first openly trans woman of color elected to the city council of a major USA city.

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Jenkins has more than 25 years of public service experience.

Andrea Jenkins this week became the first trans person of colour elected to any office in the USA, and people are overjoyed. We don't just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table'.

It was a history making night in the United States with Virginian Democrat, Danica Roem, becoming the first trans woman to win a state seat. There's also Kim Coco Iwamoto, a trans woman who served two terms on the Hawaii Board of Education after she was elected in November 2006.

Lisa Middleton became the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California.

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