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Maine Elects First Transgender Public Official

September 15, 2020

For the first time in Maine’s history, an openly transgender person got elected to public office last week.

Geo Neptune, a biological male and American Indian, who identifies as a two-spirit, was elected to the school board in Indian Township. Neptune uses the they/them pronouns, as Maine Public reports.

“To almost stand up and say that they’re embracing me in this leadership role as a Two-Spirit was incredibly affirming,” Neptune told Maine Public. “I feel very lucky that I live in a place where my community accepts me because a lot of trans people don’t have that.”

A two-spirit is someone “who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit,”,\ according to LGBTQHealth.ca.

Indian Township is part of a Passamaquoddy Indian reservation in northern Maine, about 12 miles west by northwest of Calais.

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