Now here's a twist... The newly elected mayor of Cambridge was forced to "come out" as transgender after a newspaper reporter approached her asking questions. But as an added bonus, not only the mayor was forced to reveal her original gender, but so was the mayor's lesbian partner - who is also trans. I found a couple clips from the story really interesting though...
On running for office:
"When I first joined the Liberal Democrats, there was a vetting process and they asked: 'Is there anything in your past that is going to be difficult?' I said I was transgender and they said: 'No, is there anything that is going to be difficult?'."
So, it's just not that big of a deal, right? Over in Europe they're so much more advanced then we are... Being trans is more accepted and scientific understanding is higher, right?
"So many more things define me than being transgender - a medical condition I had 15 years ago and which I have now recovered from," she said.
"I'm proud that I managed to get through something which was quite difficult and managed to come out of it a better person. I certainly do not want it to eclipse being mayor."
"If it damages the Cambridge mayoralty I will be so upset. I'm so proud of Cambridge. It's an honour to be mayor."
Buwha?!? "Recovered from?" Eh? Now, I'll admit that I'm not transgender so I'm not an expert on the subject, so perhaps some of our trans readers or contributors can help set me (pardon the pun) straight... But is this a good quote? It sure doesn't sound like it to me... This makes it sound like she had a disease and now she's quite recovered, thank you. A couple of aspirin and a hormone shot, and - walla! - she "recovered."
Of course, the flip side of the coin is that Cambridge has a trans mayor and the party didn't give a crap. Here in Indiana, a lesbian ran openly for a county sheriff's position and lost miserably. As far as I know, she's the only openly LGBT candidate in Indiana to have even made it to the ballot box. Hell, you'd think by now Indianapolis would at least have an LGBT City-County Councilor. Instead, we have to hope that the Democrats will act halfway decently towards us - and that only happens when it's politically expedient. I long for the day when most people in Indiana think, "No, is there anything that is going to be difficult?"