Monday, November 10, 2008

America's First Transgender Mayor


Oregon Town Elects Transgender Mayor

"This past Tuesday the small town of Silverton, Oregon elected Stu Rasmussen as its mayor.

Rasmussen is first openly transgender candidate elected mayor in the country.

This short video accompanied a 11/7/2008 news story ("Silverton gives its vote to transgendered mayor") ( in The Oregonian about Rasmussen. (11/8/2008)"

Barbara Walters Exclusive: 'Journey of a Pregnant Man'

Thomas Beatie's First Interview Since Giving Birth as a Transgender Male

ABC News: 20/20

November 11, 2008

Last spring, the stunning announcement that Thomas Beatie, a transgender man, was pregnant sparked controversy and questions about traditional notions of what is a man and what is a woman.

In their first interview since the birth of their daughter, Susan, this past summer, Beatie and his wife, Nancy, speak candidly to Barbara Walters. . . .Read More

Nicole Kidman To Play World's First Post-Op Transgender Woman

By Christian Taylor

November 10, 2008

Nicole Kidman will play the world’s first post-op transsexual in the film The Danish Girl, opposite Charlize Theron.

The film is based on the true story of married Danish artists Einar and Greta Wegener. Kidman plays Einar, who stands in for a female model that his wife Greta (Theron) was to paint.

When the portraits become hugely popular Greta encourages her husband to adopt the female identity, which he does, which leads to a complete metamorphosis and a landmark 1931 sex change operation that “shocked the world” and put their love on the line. . . .Read More

Stu Rasmussen is Transgendered Mayor

By Cathryn Friar

November 9, 2008

This is Stu Rasmussen. He was recently elected as mayor of Silverton, Oregon - population 9,600 - for the third time. And yes, he is a man who enjoys dressing as a woman - he’s transgendered. Read more about him, see photos and a video below.

Stu Rasmussen
Stu Rasmussen

Silverton is a Willamette Valley farming community about 15 miles northeast of Salem, Oregon our state’s capital. Some in Silverton say Stu Rasmussen is the kind of woman who could stop traffic—and he knows it. From mini-skirts to black boots, Stu likes to dress for looks! Now Stu becomes our country’s first transgendered mayor. . . .Read More