Congratulations to those who broke ground in the Elections of 2017 held in the US. In light of the rise in anti-transgender sentiment and policies in the USA, these wins should be celebrated and valued.
Although there have been other transgender people who were previously voted into public office, this year openly trangender candidates made their mark – the difference being they all campaigned as trangender advocates and were open to voters about their status.
Democrat Danica Roem, the first openly transgender candidate elected to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates, won against Republican Bob Marshall, who advocated for a bill this year that would require individuals to use bathrooms that matched the sex on their birth certificate.
Andrea Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, making her the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the USA. She won 73% of the votes in Minneapolis’ Eighth Ward.
Tyler James Titus
Tyler James Titus won a seat on the Erie School Board in Pennsylvania. He is the first openly transgender person elected offical in the state.
Lisa Middleton became the first openly transgender person elected to non-judicial office (Palm Springs City Council) in California.
Stephe Koontz, an openly transgender woman, won a city council seat in Doraville, Georgia.