Earlier this week, transgender activist Andrea Jenkins announced that she will be running for Minneapolis City Council for Ward 8.
Jenkins is no stranger to politics as she is a former policy aide for current City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. She is also not the only Black trans person running for city council in Minneapolis, with Phillipe Cunningham running in Ward 4.
Although the number of women of color in the U.S. Senate quadrupled in the most recent election, people of color are still vastly underrepresented among our elected officials. And while the elections of LGBT officials such as Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith or Rep. Park Cannon may seem to represent a growing number of gay, lesbian, and bisexual legislators, the number of trans people in office remains far too low with no trans people at all in federal Congress seats.