Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Iowa Selected Its First Transgender Presidential Elector!

Humanity continues to freak out over trans people using public restrooms. In fact, it's hard to go online these days without reading a story about trans people and bathrooms. So here's a good one coming from Iowa:

A Des Moines-based trans man just became the first openly transgender presidential elector from Iowa. It's even possible that he's the first openly transgender presidential elector in the USA. His name is Jack Schuler and he's a high school teacher and he got selected as an elector this past weekend during the 3rd District Democratic Convention in Creston, IA:
“There were a few people who wanted to be elector, and we each got a minute to speak,” Schuler said during a break from class Monday. “I spoke from the heart. I mentioned that I was trans and that it is only because people are committed to the democratic process that I can exist openly in this country.”

An elector is different than national delegates, who were also selected at all four of Iowa's Democratic district conventions. A delegate attends the nominating convention and casts a vote to determine the party’s nominee. As an elector, Schuler will cast a vote in the Electoral College to determine the president.

The Democratic Party has had transgender delegates previously. "In 2012, we had a record number of transgender delegates (14)," (DNC spokesman TJ) Helmstetter said in a statement.

"We are committed as a party to welcoming transgender Americans at all levels of participation," he said.
For the record, he appears to be a Sanders Clinton supporter.


Nick said...

Minor correction - he is a Bernie supporter https://www.facebook.com/elyse.schulercruz/posts/10206184938929341?pnref=story

Jon said...

I stand corrected! Thanks!