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"Stu Rasmussen is re-elected as Mayor of Silverton, Oregon...There is no mention at all that Stu is a cross dresser. The local media seems to be treating it like any other race." -Lori
that's pretty cool. silverton apparently not only has itself a good mayor, but the people must be pretty smart, too

"It is very good that the media are treating this like any other election win. The only downfall is that no one will know about it giving others the possibility of changing their bias through this example." -
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yeah...that is sort of a catch-22. but then, if there were no biases...who would care who (or what) the mayor of any city was?
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First transgender mayor in America auctioning off shoe collection for charity

Stu Rasmussen, the openly transgender mayor of Silverton, Oregon, plans to auction off his women’s shoe collection for charity to raise money for his city

21 March 2014 | By Andrew Potts
"Rasmussen hopes that people who would like to own a bit of American LGBTI political history will be interested in the shoes and he’s auctioning them on Ebay. -- gaystarnews.com

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The people of Silverton could make for a fantastic argument that "transpeople are just people."  I had pretty much forgotten about Mayor Rasmussen, but apparently Silvertonians haven't as Rasmussen has been mayor since 2008.  I would think if being transgender were such an issue, the town would have found some reason to put him* out of office.



*Rasmussen has apparently never made an issue over pronouns.  Some articles, however, have done a very good job of avoiding using any pronouns when referring to Rasmussen, except where at times it seems impossible to do.

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