'Year of the Trans Candidate'

'Year of the Trans Candidate'

Jenkins said in a statement Tuesday night, "My election is what resistance looks like". Extraordinarily happy right now, ' she said.

"The first order of business is to get cracking on police accountability and public safety in our community and to talk about affordable housing and making the city safe", Jenkins said.

With Jenkins on the city's southside and Phillipe Cunningham on the north, the political world was stunned by the first pair of openly transgender politicians to serve on a city council in a major American city.

"Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight - becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major US city". A similar fate befell Joanne Marie Conte (1933-2013), whose adversaries collected money to oust her identity as a transgender woman after she won a seat on the Arvada, Colorado, City Council in 1991. While Roem focused her race on traffic and other local issues in Virginia's Prince William County, she faced Robert G. Marshall, a 13-term incumbent who has called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe" and introduced a "bathroom bill"-one that would have forced Roem and other transgender people to use public bathrooms matching the gender on her birth certificate-which was killed by fellow Republicans".

In her acceptance speech, Jenkins, a Democrat, said, "As an African American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus".

"When people do try to enact policies that are going to be detrimental to these communities, I can be that voice to derail that, to stop that, to resist".

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

"Across the country right now, we're seeing politicians focusing on divisiveness and anti-equality rhetoric, when voters just want ways to improve their lives", Imse said.

"The two of these folks who won tonight, and the still handful of trans folks still up tonight, that's an fantastic thing for the kids who will wake up tomorrow morning knowing tomorrow will be a little better, a little easier, a little cooler to be trans", said Mara Keisling, the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Jenkins, who is also an award-winning poet, writer, and performance artist, makes history alongside Danica Roem, a transgender woman who won a seat in Virginia's legislature.

The 65-year-old candidate lives in Palm Springs with her wife Cheryl, a place she considers more trans-friendly than other areas of the USA where transgender politicians are running. Her goal is to create records of the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people for historians.

"I hope it sends a warning that trans people are strong and determined and are willing to stand up for themselves and for each other", she said.

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