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Andrea Jenkins becomes Minneapolis' first transgender city council member

09 November 2017, 01:55 | Todd Saunders

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First openly transgender woman of color elected to public office in US

"This is a clear repudiation of President Trump's hate-fueled politics of bullying and browbeating".

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

Democrats also won at least 14 more seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and an important seat in Washington which secures full Democratic control of the state government. Bob Marshall Tuesday to become the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia. He is the first transgender man elected to a major city's council in the U.S. She led by about 9%. He's also the author of Virginia's transgender bathroom bill, which would've required individuals to use the bathroom that correlates with the gender on their birth certificates. There, she has interviewed 194 people about their experiences as transgender and gender nonconforming people, recording their conversations so that historians and the public can access primary source material about the transgender community.

Andrea Jenkins easily won the race for a south Minneapolis seat Tuesday with roughly 73 per cent of the vote.

Jenkins wasn't the only black transgender person running for a seat on the Minneapolis City Council.

Jenkins ran with an affiliation to the Democratic Party in the officially nonpartisan race, and defeated three other candidates, The Advocate reported.

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Jenkins, 56, said she believes her and Roem's victories are proof numerous nation's communities won't succumb to hatred, bigotry or transphobia - and are willing to fight for social justice and equality for all minority groups.

Jenkins has spent 12 years working for two different council members, most recently Elizabeth Glidden, who now holds the Eighth Ward seat and who did not seek reelection.

During the campaign, she said her priorities include developing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, addressing youth violence as a matter of public health, and supporting minority artists.

A second transgender candidate has won a spot on the Minneapolis City Council.

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

One political researcher estimates that there are at least 29 openly transgender politicians running races in the US during the 2017 and 2018 elections. "That just shows how respected she is from her lifetime, decades of work, but also how she is someone who brings a glue, who brings a sense of connectedness, and, frankly, I think that's something the city needs right now".

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