People are so excited that the first trans woman of colour has won a US election
Andrea Jenkins this week became the first trans person of colour elected to any office in the US, and people are overjoyed.
The Democrat won a landslide victory, attracting more than 73% of the first-choice votes in Minneapolis’s Eighth Ward to give her a place on the City Council.
At the same time, Danica Roem became the first transgender person to be elected as a state official in the US – by beating a virulent transphobe.
People’s reaction to Jenkins and Roem’s victories are heartwarming to say the least.
One Twitter user wrote: “Congratulations to #DanicaRoem and #AndreaJenkins! I’m so happy I could cry. Northern Virginia and Minneapolis: two places I’ve called home. Thanks for voting, everyone!”
Another added: “Millenials are killing the “old transphobic white politician” industry #DanicaRoem #AndreaJenkins.”
A third added: “#AndreaJenkins and #DanicaRoem will go down in history as LEGENDARY HEROES OF AMAZING.”
Jenkins, who was previously a senior policy aide to departing Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, beat three other candidates.
The history-maker, who has 25 years of public service, said during the campaign that her “vision for Minneapolis is to bring my commitment to leadership, access and equity for all people.”
Jenkins, a grandmother as well as an award-winning poet, writer and performer, said she knew “the power of being in the room.
“And when particularly African-American trans women are in the room, the dialogue changes.
“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.”
She added: “Representation is power – and we need more of it.”
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, president of the Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT public officials, said it was a landmark win.
“Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight – becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major U.S. city,” she said.
“Andrea ran on improving the lives of constituents in her ward, but the significance of her victory for the trans equality movement is undeniable.
“Americans are growing increasingly aware of trans equality and people, and this win will surely inspire other trans people to run for office and further inclusion in their communities.”
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 New York mayoral race in a landslide.
Democrats also won at least 14 more seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and an important seat in Washington which secures full Democratic control of the state government.
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Meanwhile, Roem won against Bob Marshall, the 26-year incumbent who proposed a bill which would have restricted which bathrooms trans people could use.
He also previously co-authored the state’s now-defunct constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
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