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Don’t Call Him ‘The Trans Candidate’
Wymore told The Times that his revelation about his trans identity only became clear about a decade ago, watching a clip of Oprah Winfrey interviewing an 8-year-old who was born a girl but had decided to live as a boy.
“My jaw dropped, because I could have been that child,” he told the paper.
Both Wymore and Browde have the endorsement of the Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office. And like Browde, Wymore said he is not running as “the transgender candidate.”
“The voters really don’t care about transgender issues, per se,” Wymore, the former chairman of Manhattan Community Board 7, told LGBTQ Nation.
For me, it goes to the notion that I know what it feels like to be left out, I know people who feel left out, and that bond is a way for us to communicate and empower ourselves to become part of a bigger picture, a bigger process.
That’s really what counts in this race. My identity as a transgender person is also relevant to the LGBTQ community, at large, but when it comes to local politics the issues are what matter.
Those issues include improving his district’s schools, saving local businesses, fighting for affordable housing and standing up to big developers. His stance on that last item led to fireworks this month, at what was supposed to be a non-political event to oppose what is promised to be the tallest building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, at 668-feet, roughly 60-stories. Incumbent city councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, also a Democrat, refused to allow Wymore to speak at what she claimed was her event, even though he organized the rally and secured both permits and police protection.
In his talk at Lincoln Center and with LGBTQ Nation, Wymore stressed the maxim of legendary politician Tip O’Neill: “all politics is local.”
“In Washington, we’re seeing horrible things coming out in terms of policy,” Wymore said. “Very exclusive and abusive policy.”
We have a tyrant in office and we need to get rid of the tyrant in office. But the path to doing that is to organize locally. There’s no way to win an election if we don’t have the grass roots, ready to go. And that’s what happened in 2008. When Obama was elected, the Tea Party got to work and got people elected to local offices. And those local offices aren’t really what make a difference. It was the organizing of every block, every building, every community center, every school. That organizing creates the kind of fabric of community that can vote in or out at the state level and the national level.