3 Inspiring Trans Politicans to Follow This Year

Six. That’s how many out transgender politicians currently hold office in the United States, according to the Victory Fund. The number of trans people in politics nearly doubled due to victories in 2017 elections.

In a time where the federal government is scaling back LGBTQ protections, these wins prove that transgender people are an essential part of the community — and they won’t stand down anytime soon.

Here are three inspiring trans politicians to follow this year. While their gender identities are just one part of who they are, they’re promoting inclusion and paving the way to inspire other LGBTQ people to run for office, as Aisha Moodie-Mills explains.

1. Danica Roem, @pwcdanica

Roem blew minds when she defeated longtime Virginia incumbent Bob Marshall. Marshall was a self-described  “chief homophobe” who spearheaded an unsuccessful bill to stop transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice earlier in the year.

When Roem takes office, she will be the only state legislator who’s openly transgender. However, that’s only one piece of her leadership.

She also represents stepmoms – she’s one — and understands public policy as a veteran journalist who’s lived in her district almost her whole life. One of Roem’s biggest issues is infrastructure.

After her victory, Roem offered:

To every person who’s ever been singled out, who’s ever been stigmatized, who’s ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own. This one is for you.

2. Andrea Jenkins, @andreaforward8

With Jenkins’ Minneapolis City Council win, the poet and historian became the first transgender person of color in the country to hold office. She’s also the first trans woman to be on city council in a major U.S. city.

Like Roem, Jenkins didn’t center her campaign around her gender identity. But as TwinCities.com reports, she said victories like hers would “encourage young transgender people to keep on fighting, to keep on living, because we can be active and productive members of our community.”

3. Tyler Titus, @TylerJamesTitus

School counselor and father Tyler Titus became the school board director in Erie, Pennsylvania, the first transgender person elected to office in that state.

He is also a fearless advocate. When Titus learned that the Trump administration said Title IX protections didn’t include gender identity, he had just discussed suicide rates for trans and non-binary children at the Family Focused Treatment Association.

“When you get a message from the leader of this country saying that you are a distraction, or you are too big of a cost to carry, how do you not lose hope?” Titus said. “When you have a youth whose already struggling, how do they not go darker into that hole. And that is my biggest fear, that is what keeps me going, and it’s why I’m running for the school board position.”

These officials are just a few openly transgender leaders to keep an eye on. While the U.S. has had transgender politicians before, the transparency is new.

“It totally makes sense that in past years it was considered a liability,” transgender activist Susan Stryker told the Washington Post. “Trans people were medicalized and stigmatized. Trans people were expected to disappear into the woodwork. They’re considered crazy people.”

Until the stigma disappears completely, transgender people in power continue to matter.

Photo Credit: Ted Eytan

49 comments

Janis K
Janis K4 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Angela J
Angela J5 days ago

Thank you.

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Danuta W
Danuta W8 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees15 days ago

@Brian F. Funny the politicians you claim are progressive support systematic discrimination. The artificial minimum wage laws were racist from the beginning designed to keep blacks down. And it has worked well in doing that along with the war on natural drugs and our education system.

Liberty is real progress.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees15 days ago

The diversity we lack in politics are politicians that have Character, principles they stand for and are willing to buck their own party. There are a few I can think of in the Republican party such as Rand Paul whom is probably the most progressive member of Congress.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees15 days ago

Once again what does skin color or gender really matter when it comes to politics? What do they stand for? Are they true progressives that support Liberty or are they neo-progressives that advocate policies that are anti progress?

"In a time where the federal government is scaling back LGBTQ protections, these wins prove that transgender people are an essential part of the community — and they won’t stand down anytime soon."

That should be a good thing. Anti-discrimination laws have the opposite affect, they discourage diverse hiring as the risk is much higher. As the saying goes you will never get sued if you have to fire a white guy. This has less effect on larger especially public companies that get pressured to diversify like Facebook or Google. It's very much an issue for small businesses where the wrong hire and being sued is enough to bury the business.

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Lesa D
Lesa D16 days ago

i am INSPIRED!!!

thank you, Emily...

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Ruth S
Ruth S16 days ago

Thanks.

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Marianne C
Marianne C16 days ago

While a pokitician's gender should not matter, there was a time not so long ago when nobody who wasn't straight and cisgender could not have run, much less been elected. Progress has been slow and impeded by bigotry, but it's coming all the same.

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Winn Adams
Winn A16 days ago

Thanks

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