Jess Herbst, who became the mayor of a small town in Texas, becomes the first transgender mayor ever elected in the state’s history. She made an announcement revealing her transgender identity in a statement to the town’s residents.
According to local media reports, Jess Herbst became the mayor of the small town of New Hope in Texas last May, making her the first transgender mayor to ever be elected in the state’s history.
In an open letter to the town’s residents, Herbst said: “As your mayor I must tell you about something that has been with me since my earliest memories. I am transgender.”
“I know that transgender people are just coming to light in our society, and we have made great strides in the last few years,” she said.
“My daughters have been adamant supporters of me and are proud to tell people their father is transgender,” she added.
“I will continue as Mayor and hope to do the very best for the town,” she said.
Herbst has been appointed mayor following the death of her predecessor. According to her statement on the New Hope website, she was previously elected as an alderman and road commissioner to the Town Council. She is also publicly writing about her experience on her blog, JessHerbst.com.
Herbst’s Stance on Transgender Issues
Texas has recently has transgender issues at its headlines, in light of the Republicans’ recent “bathroom bill,” which bans transgender people from using public bathrooms of their chosen gender.
Hebst had criticized Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for pushing the bill, saying: “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,” she continued.