Human Rights Campaign Supports Minneapolis Councilor Andrea Jenkins for Re-election
In 2017, Councilor Jenkins became the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the United States. Councilor Jenkins represents Minneapolis 8th Ward, which includes George Floyd Square.
Last year, Councilor Jenkins launched a â€œCommitment to End Violence Against Black and Brown Transgender Womenâ€ as part of the Human Rights Campaign’s Transgender Justice Initiative. Prior to her election, Councilor Jenkins served as oral historian for the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota Libraries, documenting the lived experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the Upper Midwest and the United States. . His work as a poet and artist includes collections such as Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose and Pride (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019), A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016), and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015.
“Councilor Jenkins’ historic election and public service demonstrated the power and importance of her leadership in Minneapolis and nationally.” said JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President of the Human Rights Campaign for Politics and Political Affairs. â€œHis work defending and promoting LGBTQ + equality has made a difference to residents of the city of Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota, which is home to more than 175,000 LGBTQ + adults. Councilor Jenkins has long been an important community leader and voice for change, and this was especially the case following the murder of George Floyd. Her calls for racism to be treated as a public health crisis have helped to highlight the direct link between discrimination and violence, exemplified by the epidemic of violent deaths facing transgender Americans, especially transgender women from across the country. color. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to support Councilor Jenkins for her re-election to ensure Minneapolis continues to benefit from her remarkable leadership.