In working for transgender rights and recognition, transgender politicians constantly put themselves in the line of fire, and may have been the first LGBTQ politicians elected in their particular town, city or country.
Many countries around the world have elected transgender candidates, but what is particularly interesting is their presence in many smaller and less-developed countries.
Even countries hostile to LGBTQ rights (usually based on religious belief) have elected or appointed transgender individuals to public office. A large number of transgender politicians are also active in politics at the local community level, which indicates greater acceptance based on their contribution to local issues.
Each of the transgender politicians Queerbio.com have identified is (or has been) an active leader within their local LGBTQ communities. They have been involved as activist, lawyer, business person, in education, or active in the advancement of minority rights.
For example, Jenny Bailey from Great Britain, has been a former Liberal Democrat member of Cambridge City Council, and Mayor from 2007-2008. She was also the first transgender Mayor in Great Britain, which created significant international news coverage.
Queerbio have listed transgender politicians from France, Italy, Chile, Peru, India, the Philippines, Germany, Malaysia, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, the United States, Venezuela, Poland, Uruguay, Japan, Sri Lanka, Japan, Cuba, and Great Britain.
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