Mel Mymore Wants To Change The Way NYC Thinks About Gender
On September 10, New Yorkers will be casting their primary ballots for city offices — and potentially making history if they elect the first out transgender council member.
Though attention has been focused on the mayoral and comptroller campaigns, the race for the City Council seat on the Upper West Side, District 6, could end with the election of the first out transgender person on council, or in elected office in the state.
Wymore said he sees this race as part of his responsibility to address the issues about gender identity that took him decades to figure out and led to his eventual decision to transition from a woman, while serving as the head of the local community board.
“For people like me who have been very lucky to live in one of the most progressive communities on the planet, where I could be the chair of the community board and announce, ‘Hey, I’m transitioning. I’ll keep you posted,’ … I realized it’s really my responsibility to bring that to other people — to bring that conversation out,” he said.