People are still celebrating the historic wins of Election Day 2017. Voter turnout was surprisingly high; Danica Roem became the first openly trans person in Virginia to be elected to state legislature; Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender black woman to be elected to U.S. public office.
Needless to say, this was a milestone election year.
Jenkins was officially elected to the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday, November 7th. She walked away with 73% of the vote by connecting directly with her constituents. She focused her campaign on reducing youth violence and improving the neighborhood — something that resonated powerfully with the people in her district. In an interview with The Washington Post, Jenkins talked about her pivotal victory as a black trans woman.
And Twitter had a lot to say about this historic moment.
And fellow politicians were delighted by this turn of events, too.
Celebrities also raised their voices:
Congratulations again, Andrea Jenkins. Your victory is a powerful one, and a moment in history no one will soon forget.