First Transgender Candidate Wins in Pa.

Nov 8, 2017

Tyler Titus has become the first transgender candidate to win an elected position in Pennsylvania. He will serve on the Erie Public School Board.
Credit photo: Tyler James Titus / Tyler Titus for Erie School Board Facebook

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania school board has a new, openly transgender member.

The Erie Times-News reports Tyler Titus won one of four open seats on the Erie School Board on Tuesday.

The Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to electing openly LGBT people, says 33-year-old Titus is the first openly transgender person ever elected in the state of Pennsylvania.

Titus is a clinical therapist and Democrat who won a write-in Democratic nomination in May.

Titus isn’t the only transgender candidate elected to public office Tuesday.

In Virginia, a transgender candidate defeated an incumbent lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would have restricted which bathrooms she could use.

Democrat Danica Roem will be the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the United States.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com