Kentucky elects first transgender public official
BEREA, Ky. (WKYT) - On Tuesday night, Rebecca Blankenship made history in Kentucky.
Rebecca Blankenship was elected to the Berea community school board.
She became the first openly transgender person to win an election as a public official.
“I’m glad that by consequence that children LGBT children and questioning children will be able to look up and say wow that’s something I can do if I want to do it.” Blankenship said.
She says she didn’t start her campaign to be a trailblazer, instead she says it was to create opportunities for her children.
“I feel really blessed, that I have a community that has embraced me with open arms and that I think has clearly voted their confidence in me by taking the time to not only vote for me but to learn how to write in a candidate to do it.” Blankenship said.
Blankenship says on the school board she wants to prioritize pay for staff, prioritize transparency and improve vocational education.
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