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Meet the Transgender Americans Who Won on Election Day

09 November 2017

She won the same night that Danica Roem became the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker by winning a Virginia Statehouse seat. However, Jenkins's election to the City Council after so many years of serving Minneapolis was a natural transition.

Although she acknowledged that her election is a first for the city, she said she campaigned on affordable housing, police accountability, public safety and other bread-and-butter issues. Roem, 33, is now also set to make history as the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature.

Voters on Tuesday elected two out transgender candidates to the Minneapolis City Council, marking the first such victories for transgender people in a major American city council race.

Roem has become the first openly transgender person to serve in the House of Delegates after defeating Republican incumbent Del.

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Jenkins wasn't the only black transgender person running for a seat on the Minneapolis City Council.

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

There were 18 openly transgender candidates that ran in the 2017 and there are 11 running in 2018 elections, according to a list compiled by Harvard researcher Logan Casey. She won a 2011 Bush Fellowship to work on transgender issues, and now curates the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota. Marshall said in an interview with NPR that Roem "engage [d] in this behavior - which clearly goes against the laws of nature and nature's God", and last month his campaign sent out flyers referring to Roem as "him".

Andrea Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council yesterday with 73 percent of the vote, proving that hate is still not the bottom line, even in Trump's America. "The disparities are present in health care, home ownership, employment, incarceration rates, [and] all of these issues are present on a national level, but really significant in Minneapolis, and I want to be a part of changing that paradigm".

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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 US where transgender politicians are running.

"Transgender people have been here forever, and black transgender people have been here forever". "People responded to it, respected it, and that's why people elected me".

"Having transgender people elected in public office means we'll be able to make policies and direct conversations in ways that can ensure equity and fairness and justice for transgender people", she said.

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Meet the Transgender Americans Who Won on Election Day