Mel Wymore, a candidate for the New York City Council, was the subject of a profile by the Associated Press today. If elected, Wymore would become the first out trans official in New York, the country’s largest municipality.
“I want to create the inclusive community, and it goes beyond my personal identity,” Wymore, 51, told the AP. “But it actually lends a lot to my story and my credibility as a candidate. I’m honest, I’m brave, I’m forthright, and I’m willing to stand up for change.”
Only about a half dozen openly transgender Americans have served in elective office in the U.S., but for Wymore winning a seat on the Council is less about being a trailblazer than taking a next step in his role as a public servant.
“During 17 years on a city-appointed community board, two as chairman, Wymore raised money to renovate a run-down city recreation center that reopened Monday after facing a shaky future for years, among other projects. Colleagues say he’s eagerly consultative but focused on finding resolution,” AP’s Jennifer Peltz reported.