Minneapolis Candidate Andrea Jenkins Becomes First Trans Woman to Win City Council Seat in Major U.S. City

Washington, DC - November 8, 2017 – Minneapolis made history Tuesday night – electing Andrea Jenkins the first openly trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major U.S. city. Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement about the win:

"Andrea Jenkins shattered a glass ceiling tonight – becoming the first out trans woman ever elected to the city council of a major U.S. city. Andrea ran on improving the lives of constituents in her ward, but the significance of her victory for the trans equality movement is undeniable. Americans are growing increasingly aware of trans equality and people, and this win will surely inspire other trans people to run for office and further inclusion in their communities." 

Victory Fund made Andrea a 2017 spotlight candidate, and raised more than $4,000 for her throughout the election cycle. Andrea was also a Victory Institute Empowerment Fellow in 2016 and attended Victory Institute’s four-day Candidate & Campaign Training – an intensive training to build skills necessary to run for office or seek other public service positions.

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government.


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