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

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