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

09 November 2017

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

Jenkins picked up endorsements from the Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as Congressman Keith Ellison while running a campaign emphasizing affordable housing, raising the minimum wage and fair policing.

With Jenkins on the city's southside and Phillipe Cunningham on the north, the political world was stunned by the first pair of openly transgender politicians to serve on a city council in a major American city.

Danica Roem, who took in her win slightly earlier Tuesday evening, won a seat in Virginia, becoming the first openly transgender woman of any race to be elected into state legislature. A similar fate befell Joanne Marie Conte (1933-2013), whose adversaries collected money to oust her identity as a transgender woman after she won a seat on the Arvada, Colorado, City Council in 1991.

In Virginia, Danica Roem, 33, became the first openly transgender state lawmaker in America and, most importantly, she beat Bob Marshall, the transphobic politician who wrote the state's (failed) trans bathroom bill that would've also required school officials to inform the parents of any student who asked "to be recognized or treated as the opposite sex". Jenkins's election to the City Council after so many years of serving Minneapolis is a "natural transition", said Cecilia Chung, senior director of strategic projects at the Transgender Law Center. "As a City Council Member, I will be committed to advocating for equity for the most marginalized in our community".

The November 2017 elections turned out to be an historic night for the LGBT community and its allies, not to mention progressives in general.

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

Victory Fund says Jenkins is the first openly transgender woman ever elected to the city council of a major US city.

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 USA where transgender politicians are running.

"We don't just want a seat at the table-we want to set the table", reads the statement.

"I didn't run my campaign on being a transgender person". Jenkins is accomplished in many fields - she is a poet, a prose writer and a performance artist. 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.

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

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