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Two Transgender Women Win Primary Elections

Posted 6/29/2016 5:46 pm by
Misty K. Snow, first transgender candidate for the US Senate.

Misty K. Snow, first transgender candidate for the US Senate.

The transgender community is increasingly present in modern life.  With increasing openness about the issue, it’s only natural that there would be some increased prominence. We have transgender rock stars, transgender beauty queens, and even some countries are offering people a chance to pick a non-binary gender. However, while the transgender community is talked about a lot in politics, they’re not represented in the US government system. Two transgender women won primary elections, making this the first time two transgender candidates were both on the election bill at the same time.

The two candidates are also both named Misty.  Misty K. Snow is running for the US Senate against Mike Hill in Utah, and Misty Plowright is running for statehouse in Colorado’s fifth district.  Neither is expected to win their election; both are campaigning in heavily Republican areas.  However, just winning a nomination is kind of a big deal, especially for Snow, since she is the first transgender Senate candidate.

“It is historic that this November, the top Utah Democrat on the ballot in that state will be a transgender woman. Regardless of the outcome in the fall, both of these candidates have demonstrated to transgender people across the country that our politics are stronger when diverse voices are not only heard, but also included,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of Policy and Political Affairs at the Human Rights Campaign.

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