First Openly Gender-Bending U.S. Mayor Elected

This election marked the first African-American President. The first time in 40 years an Oregon Senate candidate beat an incumbent Senator. And in tiny Silverton, Oregon, residents have elected the man who’s believed to be the first ever openly transgender mayor in the United States.

Stu Rasmussen served two terms as the Mayor of Silverton in the 1990s. But he hadn’t admitted to being transgender. He’s not the same man now that he was then. Today he wears a skirt and high heels. He has breast implants, and long red hair. He looks like a woman – but he’s not.

“I identify mostly as a heterosexual male,” Rasmussen said. “But I just like to look like a female.”

Read the full story and see a video of Stu..

(via Jiz Lee)

Posted by on November 7th, 2008 at 02:32 pm

Category: faces 5 comments »

5 Responses to “First Openly Gender-Bending U.S. Mayor Elected”

  1. Andy

    That’s awesome!


  2. whittles

    Wow! I’m definitely sharing this with folks… Thanks!


  3. Nikolas Coukouma

    I saw this earlier (via the local Washington Blade’s “wire”, feed).

    I’m really thrilled by the news; it’s marvelous when people surprise me by being more accepting.


  4. Helpi

    Stu embodies an amazing spot on the gender continuum!


  5. Mayor of Silverton, Oregon — Genderfork

    […] interview Stu Rasmussen who was elected this past November (we talked about it here). Cheers to all those residents who voted with their convictions, not mainstream […]

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