Minnesota’s first transgender legislator was named one of USA Today’s “Women of the Year”.
State Rep. Lee Fink was Honored along with likes Former First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Goldie Hawn and NASA astronaut Colonel Nicole Mann as a selection of “local and national heroines who make a positive impact in their communities every day.”
Fink — who converted in 2017 — is the second transgender woman on the list, following her last year’s selection Assistant Secretary of Health to President Biden, Rachel Levine.
It is also associated with a file Discussion on Fox News “Outnumbered” With Emily Compagno saying “He took her place from other women”.
The main criticism, however, was that she received the honor despite being elected only in November, which meant that she did not receive it on her “merits”, in the words of Harris Faulkner.
Nevertheless, Fink said she has “received incredible support, love, and encouragement to continue the important work we’re doing in Minnesota.”
She tweeted a video of State House Majority Leader Jimmy Long Big applause while calling Fink “a Minnesota treasure” who “deserves every credit she gets”.
As for the critics, “Don’t worry about their word,” Fink told her nearly 6,500 followers. “We are fighting for the good, and it shows.”
Although recently elected—and never expecting to run for office, Fink has been “an activist for transgender, gay, transgender, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) rights, as well as the Black Lives Matter cause, for nearly her entire life.” USA Today on her local profile.
The newspaper said this hit “much closer to home” after her transition, saying, “National and concerted attacks against the rights of transgender people and others in her community have galvanized her to be the representation Minnesota lacks.”
“In November… Fink became the first transgender legislator appointed to the Minnesota House of Representatives after winning 81% of the vote in her district,” the profile noted.
“I know what it’s like to have someone like you in the office,” Fink told the paper.
“I want to do so many things on so many causes, but at the end of the day the reason I’m here is because no trans person has ever been here before.”
In her new role, she often hears from “parents of transgender children” because “diverse families sometimes don’t understand exactly what it means for their transgender child to become an adult,” she says.
“And I am happy to give that. I am happy and happy and loved and excited.”
She said that trans people are “just living our lives and winning elections and doing the same things everyone else does”, and she has said of a “very optimistic future for the trans community”.
“I think it’s actually going to be very hard for a while, very hard,” predicted “The Road to Our Emancipation.”
“There will be a backlash against that,” she said, “but I think we will prevail, and we will see a future where trans people live fully and hopefully without fear.”
“It’s going to take some work to get there. But when I think about that future, I get over my distress.”
Finke believes that “the transgender, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community is ‘at the forefront’ of ‘how we want the future to look for everyone’.”
“We are here creating a way forward for everyone, and everyone will benefit from the work we are trying to do for our youth,” she said.
“Everyone will benefit from it. It’s worth your commitment.”
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