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Silverton, Oregon, elects nation’s first openly-transgender mayor

It’s Friday and this hasn’t been posted yet?  I held off because I was sure someone else (Autumn?) would’ve blogged this by now:

This election marked the first African-American President. The first time in 40 years an Oregon Senate candidate beat an incumbent Senator. And in tiny Silverton, Oregon, residents have elected the man who’s believed to be the first ever openly transgender mayor in the United States.

Stu Rasmussen served two terms as the Mayor of Silverton in the 1990s. But he hadn’t admitted to being transgender. He’s not the same man now that he was then. Today he wears a skirt and high heels. He has breast implants, and long red hair. He looks like a woman – but he’s not.

“I identify mostly as a heterosexual male,” Rasmussen said. “But I just like to look like a female.”

Rasmussen is a man. He even has a girlfriend. He says he’s always been transgender, but he only “came out” a few years ago.

Now things get tricky, because Rasmussen was born male but looks female but identifies male, while other transgendered people I know were born male but look female but identify as female.  I’m all for everybody being themselves, but it sure makes communications with gender-specific pronouns a little difficult.  I sure don’t want to offer an “excuse me, ma’am” or a “pardon me, sir” and have a 50/50 chance of offending.  I guess it’s just the less-stuffy “excuse me” and “pardon me” from now on.

Ah, what would a story like this be without the wailing and gnashing of the Freepi…Actual Freeper Quotes™

Does anyone still honestly think that this country is salvageable?

I’ll just say that I am so glad that I’m not in the Army anymore, because I just couldn’t bring myself to put my life on the line for a populace that has become as sick, twisted, and ignorant as what we have today

I saw a news report on this-the “guy/girl” whatever the heck it is-

absolutely hideous! If a town elects this as Mayor then there is no doubt that it is over in this country–over.

A severe country whuppin’ from the Almighty is what we REALLY need!

I see I’m not the first one to look at that pic and see Eric Idle in drag…but I am the first one apparently to bring up his line from “Nuns on the Run”:  “You call this goin’ straight?”

My husband just said Stu looks like Issac Newton.

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