Transgender candidates win Mpls. City Council seats, make history

Transgender candidates win Mpls. City Council seats, make history

Transgender candidates win Mpls. City Council seats, make history

In what has become the most visible sign of change to come out of the elections, two transgender women have won decisive victories in Virginia and Minneapolis.

Jenkins won about 73 percent of the vote in Minneapolis's Eighth Ward, where she is known for addressing youth violence and improving the south-central ward's neighborhoods.

Jenkins has 12 years of experience as a campaign aide to other city council members. Extraordinarily happy right now, ' she said. She ran on a platform of raising the minimum wage and making housing affordable.

Imse said the number of transgender elected officials doubled this year across the country to almost a dozen, including Danica Roem, the first out transgender state legislator in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Her win was part of a Democratic swing across the country, with the party winning the races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey and winning the NY mayoral race in a landslide. What makes her victory so sweet is that she beat out 13-term Republican incumbent who proudly refers to himself as "chief homophobe".

Jenkins' victory was reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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.


Andrea Jenkins hugs a supporter as she won the Minneapolis Ward 8: Council Member race in Minneapolis on November 7.

Whether they can maintain that momentum to win US Congressional elections in states President Trump won is another question. She is also a historian with the University of Minnesota's Transgender Oral History Project and an award-winning author of poetry and prose.

Jenkins has been a long-time trans activist and has worked in the public service for 30 years.

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

Mara Keisling, the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said the wins by Jenkins and Roem are especially meaningful at a time when the president and state legislatures have pushed bills that scale back protections for transgender people or limit their ability to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. "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".

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

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