…there were seven.
Top row, left to right:
Danica Roem, Virginia (Virginia House of Delegates)
Roem unseated anti-LGBTQ Delegate Bob Marshall, and her electoral victory will make her Virginia’s first out transgender public official and the nation’s only out transgender state representative.
Gerri Cannon, New Hampshire (Somersworth School Board)
Cannon joined the Somersworth School Board yesterday. According to her LinkedIn page, she is planning on running for New Hampshire State Representative.
Andrea Jenkins, Minnesota (Minneapolis City Council)
Voters elected Jenkins to the Minneapolis City Council as the first openly transgender woman of color elected to public office in the U.S.
Bottom row, left to right:
Phillipe Cunningham, Minnesota (Minneapolis City Council)
Cunningham earned a spot on the Minneapolis City Council. He is the first transgender man elected to a major city’s council in the U.S.
Lisa Middleton, California (Palm Springs City Council)
Middleton’s victory in the Palm Springs City Council election made her the first openly transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in the state of California.
Tyler Titus, Pennsylvania (Erie School Board)
Titus’s win makes him the first out transgender person elected to office in Pennsylvania after a successful write-in campaign to join the ballot.
If you know me, you might think I’m probably jumping up and down with happiness about this.
You would be right to think that. I’m thrilled at these results, and from noodling around a little bit, it looks like they’ve all found a playbook that works: Issues-based campaigns, being open and honest about who you are, and not participating in the mud-slinging that the opponents will do to a transgender candidate.
Now, let’s do the math–with 300-ish million Americans, and about 1.4 million transgender people, then we should have one, or perhaps two seats in Congress being held by transpeople, to get representation that matches our demographic. Naturally, that won’t happen soon–we haven’t even figured that out for women at all, yet. But don’t you think that having a transgender person in the Congress, and actually working with them, is when hearts and minds at the top can start to change?