The small-town politician just made a giant impact.
Jess Herbst is a small-town mayor who just delivered some big-time news to the citizens of New Hope, Texas.
She has come out as transgender to over 600 people who live in the suburb situated 45 minutes from Dallas.
This makes her the first transgender elected official in Texas. Herbst was elected to office in May 2016.
She made the announcement on New Hope’s official county website.
“As your Mayor I must tell you about something that has been with me since my earliest memories. I am Transgender," Herbst said.
"Two years ago, with the support of my wife, daughters and son-in-law, I began Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). At the time, I did not imagine I would hold the Mayors position, but here I am."
Herbst was mayor pro-tempore after the first mayor passed away, and was re-elected for another term.
She adds; "I live my life as a female now, and I will be performing my duties to the town as such. I have written a blog documenting my decision process and experiences as transgender and I think you would find it contains much insight."
Herbst was inspired to come out by high-profile trans celebrities such as Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, conveying that those women have influenced society about trans folks for the better.
“It is gender identity not sexual preference that applies to me,” Herbst said. “I love my wife, and she loves me, we have no intention of change. My daughters have been adamant supporters of me and are proud to tell people their father is transgender.”
The politician's blog documents her experiences both as a trans woman and one living in the Lone Star State.