WRITTEN AND CONTRIBUTED BY KWYN TOWNSEND RILEY
What You Need to Know:
Minneapolis City Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins made history by becoming the first Black transgender city council president.
Jenkins received a unanimous vote from the Minneapolis City Council. She previously served as the council’s Vice President. She was a notable figure in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd, which she called a “symbol for a knee of the neck of Black America.”
As a Democrat, she hopes to help bridge gaps in her community.
“I hope that it serves as inspiration for other trans and gender-nonconforming people,” she told NBC News. “My vision for this council and for the city of Minneapolis is that we come together and begin the really significant work of healing after our city has been rocked by the murder of George Floyd and so many other Black and brown people who have lost their lives at the hands of the state.”
As city council president, she will fight for added accountability within the Minneapolis Police Department and tackle issues such as affordable housing, public safety, and healthcare. Jenkins has degrees in creative writing and community economic development from Hamline University and Southern New Hampshire University and spent almost a decade as a policy aide for Minneapolis.
Why You Need to Know:
According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, there are currently more than 1,000 LGBTQ elected officials across the U.S.
Also, according to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 51 transgender or non-gender conforming people were fatally shot or killed in 2021. That was 44 more victims than in 2019.
We don’t hear stories of trans folks winning often. This is a moment to celebrate and witness history.