West Virginia elected its first out transgender official on Tuesday.
Ketchum said she didn’t campaign on her identity but the win
“matters a lot.
I’m incredibly excited and grateful. I know this was a close race,”
Ketchum works at the National Alliance for Mental Illness and is an active community organizer. She wrote on her campaign site,
“I believe that we must work WITH our community members to solve problems rather than without them or worse – against them.
But all too often, what we have seen is a lack of focus, a lack of drive, and most notably, a lack of presence regarding our elected community leaders.”
There are just 26 out transgender officials in the United States, and The LGBTQ Victory Fund, who backed Ketchum and the group’s president, Annise Parker, said her victory,
“will resonate well beyond her state.
Rosemary has shattered a lavender ceiling in West Virginia and will join the growing number of out trans elected officials serving nationwide.We know Rosemary’s race will inspire other trans people from conservative states to consider a run for office in their communities – and then those candidates will inspire others as well.
That virtuous cycle is the key to building trans acceptance and political power long-term.”
HISTORY MADE: @RosemaryKetchum just won a seat on the Wheeling City Council and is now the first out trans person ever elected in West Virginia! She will be one of just 27 out trans elected officials in the entire nation. pic.twitter.com/Ma3aMYpiTQ— LGBTQ Victory Fund (@VictoryFund) June 10, 2020