Meet Jess Herbst, Texas' first openly transgender mayor

“People are concerned about real issues, not about whether I’m wearing a suit or a dress.”

Mayor Jess Herbst of New Hope, Texas.

Jess Herbst became mayor of New Hope – a small North Texas town in Collin County – last May when the previous mayor died of a heart attack. As the longest serving alderman on the town council, she was next in line. Herbst just came out publicly as a transgender woman, the first sitting mayor to do so. She publicly announced her transition with an open letter to her constituents on the conservative town’s website.

This story is from Texas Standard.

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