Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stu Rassmussen, the US's First Openly Transgendered Mayor

That's right.

Silverton, Oregon has elected Stu Rassmusen as the US's first transgendered mayor. Stu has already served twice, but this time he'll be serving in "girl mode" with breast implants, women's clothes, makeup, heels and all.

Two years ago, Stu ran as a transgender and lost, but it's nice now to see that the majority of voters accepted him for who he is. Shockingly, despite the fact that he ran in a small, conservative, rural town, "the community was very receptive and accepting, with a few exceptions."

What was interesting to me in reading about this was that even though Stu choose to get breast implants and regularly chooses to wear makeup and women's clothes, he still very much identifies as a heterosexual man.

"I am a dude", he says, "I am a heterosexual male who appears to be a female." Wouldn't that qualify him as more of a cross dresser/transvestite than a transsexual?

Regardless though, I think it's great that an openly transsexual person was elected into public office. Hell, as long as I agreed with their politics, I'd vote for a transsexual candidate any day.

More about Stu from huffington post.


Henry Vasquez said...

Good find Kate!

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