Texas mayor announces she is a transgender, first openly transgender official

Posted by on February 2, 2017 8:30 pm
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New Hope, TX, United States (4E) – The Texas mayor of one conservative town took to Facebook to say that she is a transgender marking the first official who is openly transgender in the state.

The mayor, Jess Herbst , formerly Jeff, was appointed in New Hope last year after her predecessor died. Herbst took both on Facebook and on the website of the town. Herbst shared that she started to get hormone replacement therapy two years go and at that time, she never thought she would become the mayor.

Before being the mayor, Herbst was elected to the Town Council as an alderman and has children. She said that her daughter are adamant supporters of not only her but the whole of the transgender people as they are proud to tell people that she is a transgender. She added, “As far as I know, I am the first openly transgender mayor on record in the state of Texas; there could be others who never came out. But I am the first to say, ‘Yes I am transgender and a seated mayor.'” She also said that she is not sensitive when it comes to the pronouns used to refer to her but she wanted them to call her Jess and not Jeff.

She then invited the public to make comments in the public meeting of the town. During the meeting, she said that everyone was supportive and it was her first time to attend a meeting wearing a dress.

The announcement of Herbst comes amid the controversial bathroom bill being passed in Texas. The bill first made some noise in North Carolina. The bill will not allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice as they would have to use the bathroom where they are assigned as per the gender specified on their birth certificate. The aim of the bill is to protect women from sexual assault in public restrooms.

Last month, Herbst took to Facebook to criticize the bill, which was being pushed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. She said, “Mr. Patrick: Let me get this straight, are you saying that right now, without your bill being passed, anyone can assault someone in the bathroom without breaking the law? That [sic] some some kind of weird screwed-up loophole if so.”

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