Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Andrea Jenkins Breaks Down Barriers as Nationwide First Openly Transgender City Council President

Andrea Jenkins made history again when she became the first openly transgender city council president in the United States.

Minneapolis City Council members unanimously elected Jenkins on Monday as their president, according to the Star Tribune.

Jenkins first made history in 2017 when she became elected the first openly trans black woman for a government office in the United States

Although currently there is record of over 1000 LGBT people serving in elected office in the United States, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, LGBTQ people still make up only 0.2% of elected officials overall.

“I hope this serves as an inspiration for other transgender and gender non-conforming people.” Jenkins told NBC News elections on Monday. “My vision for this council and the city of Minneapolis is for us to come together and begin a really important healing work after our city was shaken by the murder of George Floyd and the many other black and brown people who died. in the hands of the state. ”

In May 2020, Floyd is a black man and Jenkins borough – was killed by Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for several minutes when Floyd said he could not breathe. Floyd’s death, captured on video, sparked a global movement to protest against racist police violence.

Days after Floyd’s death, Jenkins, then vice president of the city council, called on her colleagues to declare racism a public health crisissaying, “We feel like there was a knee on all of our collective necks – a knee that says black lives don’t matter.”

Minneapolis voters last year rejected the vote this called for the dissolution of the city police department and its replacement with a new department of public safety.

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