Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Meet the Transgender Americans Who Won on Election Day

Meet the Transgender Americans Who Won on Election Day

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

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

Jenkins was previously a policy aide to the Minneapolis City Council's Vice President Elizabeth Glidden and worked to revitalize poor neighborhoods. "Guess what, if I take a knee before I play a football game, I love this country", she said. She ran on a platform of raising the minimum wage and making housing affordable.

Andrea Jenkins, a Democrat who beat out three other candidates in an officially non-partisan race, is the first openly transgender person of color ever to be elected to public office in the US. She walked away with 73% of the vote by connecting directly with her constituents. While Roem focused her race on traffic and other local issues in Virginia's Prince William County, she faced Robert G. Marshall, a 13-term incumbent who has called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe" and introduced a "bathroom bill"-one that would have forced Roem and other transgender people to use public bathrooms matching the gender on her birth certificate-which was killed by fellow Republicans". As reported by Minneapolis's KMSP-TV, Jenkins said in her acceptance speech, "As an African American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus".

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

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"Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight - becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major USA city", Moodie-Mills said in a statement.

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

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. She's also a poet, performance artist, and oral historian for the University of Minnesota.

"For trans youth across the country, Danica Roem's election isn't just a headline or even history", HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride told The New York Times. "People responded to it, respected it, and that's why people elected me". Earlier in the week, she said: "If transgender people are being attacked, you need transgender voices to respond to those attacks".

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

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