Still discovering who was elected to become delegates at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28 and congrats to all of those who were elected to represent our state. In case you’re wondering, it’s one of the things I would like to do someday.
While perusing Facebook, I discovered a little trans history was made during the just concluded Texas Democratic convention in San Antonio.
So far have discovered that we have two trans Texans headed to Philadelphia for this years Democratic National Convention. One of the delegates representing our state is Danielle Pellet, who is pledged to Bernie Sanders, the other is Houston’s own Lou Weaver, who was elected as an at-large delegate pledged to Hillary Clinton.
With that selection, Lou made Texas trans history as the first ever out trans masculine Texan to accomplish that feat. We have had three out trans feminine Texans represent our state at previous national DNC conventions in Vanessa Edwards Foster (2004,2008), Christina Ocasio (2004) and Meghan Stabler (2012).
Danielle Pellet will also be joining him in Philadelphia as a trans delegate for the Lone Star State pledged to Sanders.
And Texas trans bragging time, Texas is so far the only state (2004) to have had at least two trans delegates attend the same national DNC convention and we’ve now accomplished that feat for the second time. Foster so far is the only trans Texan to have gone to the DNC national convention twice.
And we trans Texans since 2004 have now sent at least one trans delegate to the national DNC convention for now four straight conventions.
The 2012 DNC national convention in Charlotte had a record 14 trans delegates. We already know that two from the Lone Star State will be repping our community and I hope that nationally we’ll shatter that 14 trans delegates number.
Congratulation to Lou Weaver for not only making it to Philly, but making a little history along the way as he gets to witness what is sure to be a historic Democratic convention next month.
Looking forward to hearing about it the next time we cross paths.
TransGriot note: Photo of Lou by Eric Edward Schell photography