Meet the Transgender Americans Who Won on Election Day

Meet the Transgender Americans Who Won on Election Day

Victory Fund, a group that advocated for LGBT candidates, said Jenkins was the nation's first openly transgender woman elected to a major city's governing board.

During her campaign for Minneapolis City Council, Jenkins emphasized that her priorities include affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, treating violence among youths as a public heath issue, and supporting women and minority causes.

Her historic win was secured with 30 percent of the vote and makes her the first openly transgender candidate elected to a non-judicial office in the state's history.

Andrea Jenkins easily won the race for a south Minneapolis seat Tuesday with roughly 73 per cent of the vote. Democrat Danica Roem is poised to be the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the country, beating a 13-term Virginia incumbent who called himself the state's "chief homophobe" and who introduced a "bathroom bill" earlier this year that would have restricted the bathrooms his opponent could use.

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

'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.

Whether they can maintain that momentum to win US Congressional elections in states President Trump won is another question.

Voter turnout was surprisingly high; Danica Roem became the first openly trans person in Virginia to be elected to state legislature, and Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender black woman to be elected to us public office. "I really want to get a hold on economic developments strategy that employs northsiders; when people are employed, we can figure out the other issues in north Minneapolis".

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Two trans women won elections tonight. "When people try to enact policies that are going to be detrimental to [marginalized] communities, I can be that voice to derail that, to stop that, to resist", Jenkins said in the video. She is a historian with the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota as well as a poet, prose author, and performance artist who has received numerous grants for her work. Bob Marshall Tuesday to become the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia.

"I hope it sends a warning that trans people are strong and determined and are willing to stand up for themselves and for each other", she said.

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

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