“Transgender people have been here forever, and black transgender people have been here forever,” Jenkins told after her election night win.“I'm really proud to have achieved that status, and I look forward to more trans people joining me in elected office, and all other kinds of leadership roles in our society.” Roem echoed Jenkins's sentiments Tuesday night as her margin of victory became clear.She said the project is one of the largest of its kind, and that she hopes to reach 200 interviews by the time she takes her position on the council. “We had to go out and collect those stories, digitise them and make them available online.” Jenkins has spent 12 years working for two different council members, most recently Elizabeth Glidden, who currently holds the Eighth Ward seat and who did not seek reelection.“One of the reasons we take that approach is because transgender people have been undercover for so long. Jenkins's election to the City Council after so many years of serving Minneapolis is a “natural transition,” said Cecilia Chung, senior director of strategic projects at the Transgender Law Center.
Mara Keisling, the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said the wins by Jenkins and Roem are especially meaningful at a time when the president and state legislatures have pushed bills that scale back protections for transgender people or limit their ability to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.
The first openly transgender woman of colour voted into public office is Kim Coco Iwamoto, who in 2006 was elected to Hawaii's Board of Education, gender advocates say.
In her acceptance speech, Jenkins said that “as an African-American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalised, left out, thrown under the bus,” KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported. We don't just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table.” Jenkins is a poet, activist and historian who is passionate about social issues, in part because of her experience as a transgender woman.
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