Props to Silverton, Oregon

Awesome:

In Silverton, the sleepy Salem, Oregon suburb 40 minutes outside of Portland best known for its lush Oregon Garden and quaint antique shops, the small town’s new mayor-elect is poised to get some major attention in the days and weeks ahead as people come around to realize we’ve got another Oregon first on our hands: the recently elected [Stu] Rasmussen is the first openly gender fluid, transgender-identified mayor of any American city.

Check out the whole article, which includes a short Q&A with Stu. Maybe I’m the only one, but it felt pretty good to read this nugget of post-election good news on the LGBTQ front.
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11 Comments

  1. dykelawyer
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    That *is* good news. Oregon also has apparently just elected the first out bisexual to statewide office. Kate Brown, former state Senate majority leader, was just elected Oregon Secretary of State. (Like many bi women, she has gotten flack from the gay community for claiming the bi label while being with a male partner, despite her out-and-proud identity and her leadership on LGBT rights.)

  2. Ariel
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Finally! Proof that it’s the issues that matter not the person’s attributes like race and gender. What a great way to start my day!

  3. Danyell
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    That’s amazing!

  4. Dori
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    while this is amazing news, I have an issue with how it is being reported across the board.
    He has repeatedly stated that he is not transgendered, that he is a heterosexual man who prefers to look like a woman.
    A good deal of trans* identities are based around self-definition. If he says that he is not transgendered, then he is not. I take issue with people deciding that because he has had breast implants, then he is transgendered regardless of what he says.

  5. delilahfantastic
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    this article says that he’s “[c]omfortable with the terms genderqueer and transgender” and the linked article says he’s “transgender-identified”, so i’m not sure where you’re getting the idea that he doesn’t identify as transgendered.

  6. Posted November 11, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    And while we’re at it, let’s not forget Portland elected their first openly gay mayor, Sam Adams making Portland the largest in the U.S. to ever elect an openly gay mayor. More on the story Here, at kgw.com.

  7. Dori
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_110608_news_transgender_mayor.18a1f2fa7.html
    “”I identify mostly as a heterosexual male,” Rasmussen said. “But I just like to look like a female.”"

  8. delilahfantastic
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    why can’t he be a heterosexual male who is also transgendered? i don’t think those two labels are inherently opposed to each other.

  9. Sara
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy for Stu! I’ve known him since I was child growing up in Silverton/East Salem. It’s really awesome…

  10. Dori
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Here it is!
    This is the article that I was initially looking for to prove my point. Sorry about the delay, can’t log in to comment here when I’m at work.

  11. Carmen Govani
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

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