Thursday, April 26, 2018

Oklahoma Transgender Student Elected in Libertarian Party

by Joy Hampton, The Norman Transcript

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma student Traci Baker is only 20 years old, but she was recently elected as state secretary of the Libertarian Party.
Baker's youth is remarkable on its own, but she's also the first transgender official of any party in state history, as well as the first transgender executive of a state party in the U.S.
Baker grew up in Edmond and was interested in politics early on.
"I was inspired by the Ron Paul campaign in 2012, and that's what got me into Libertarianism," she said. "I was in high school when I did debate, and then I was in Youth in Government in the YMCA program. That's also when I started doing my first campaign."

Baker graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 2016 and moved to Norman to attend OU.
"I came out as transgender pretty much immediately upon moving to Norman," Baker said. "Norman has been immensely more supportive than Oklahoma at large or nationally."
Despite the support, she also has encountered people who were hateful or ignorant toward her gender identity, the Norman Transcript reported...
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