Sunday, November 9, 2008

First Transgendered Mayor Elected in US!

From ABC news:
America's First Transgender Mayor
Stu Rasmussen Became Mayor With Implants, Dresses and Ideas for Improving Her Town

Nov. 8, 2008 —

The first time Stu Rasmussen was elected mayor of Silverton, Ore., he wore shirts and pants. This time around, after a landslide victory, he will be stepping into office donning a dress and makeup.

Rasmussen was recently elected as America's first transgender mayor.

Rasmussen told "Good Morning America" that the town went through the transition with him.

"Obviously, it was shocking to them," he said. "We all kind of went through it together. It was pretty obvious I was making a change, it had to happen in my head. They were ready before I was."

In a world where politicians can catch serious criticism for simply not wearing an American flag lapel pin, Rasmussen knew he was going to face a challenge.

"I think the first courageous act was coming out in the first place," he said. "The community was very receptive and accepting, with a few exceptions."

Though the transgender candidate faced unique problems, his platform was simple.

"My primary platform was low growth," he said, referring to his support for keeping the town small. "We had other issues I thought were not being properly addressed."

Rasmussen said the voters did not focus on his appearance.

"It's a rural or a community considered more conservative," he said. "They judge people on talent and ability rather than their shape."

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This announcement is great news for the transgendered community and their friends. Perhaps key to Stu's success at winning her election is the fact that the entire city learned to accept her transgender identity while she was in-office and experiencing gender migration. 

So, how come ABC news couldn't use a feminine pronoun? 

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