Twitter is so excited about Andrea Jenkins' historic win in Minnesota

Twitter is so excited about Andrea Jenkins' historic win in Minnesota

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund declared 2017 "the Year of the Trans Candidate", noting that four transgender candidates won their state and local elections last night (Tuesday, Nov. 7), "with one more possible as results trickle in".

After campaigning on raising the minimum wage, developing affordable housing, and treating youth violence as a public health issue, Jenkins won in a landslide, pulling over 73 percent of voters' first choice votes.

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.

Lisa Middleton, California (Palm Springs City Council) Middleton's victory in the Palm Springs City Council election made her the first openly transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in the state of California.

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 NY mayoral race in a landslide.

In Virginia, Danica Roem, 33, became the first openly transgender state lawmaker in America and, most importantly, she beat Bob Marshall, the transphobic politician who wrote the state's (failed) trans bathroom bill that would've also required school officials to inform the parents of any student who asked "to be recognized or treated as the opposite sex".

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO of Victory Fund, a PAC dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders, cheered Jenkins' victory.

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Outgoing Council Member Elizabeth Glidden said she expects Jenkins to "change this city, and honestly change this nation".

In a historic win, Andrea Jenkins has secured the Ward 8 seat on the Minneapolis City Council.

One political researcher estimates that there are at least 29 openly transgender politicians running races in the US during the 2017 and 2018 elections. She's also a poet, performance artist, and oral historian for the University of Minnesota.

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.

"People are saying no to hate and yes to love", Jenkins said.

"We don't just want a seat at the table-we want to set the table", reads the statement. That makes Roem, a former journalist turned public works advocate, the first openly-trans person elected to a state legislature in this country.

"The two of these folks who won tonight, and the still handful of trans folks still up tonight, that's an awesome 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.

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