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07/23/2009

A little too much T (and A)

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 3-228Stu Rasmussen, the openly transgender mayor of Silverton, Oregon, is facing a brouhaha. But thankfully, it's not the mayor's gender identity that's irking some folks -- it's Stu's fashion identity. This from The Statesman Journal:

The mayor's appearance at a recent youth leadership training event spurred the complaint, filed by Silverton Together Director Brenda Sturdevant. She said the mayor's attire was in violation of the City Council dress code.

Sturdevant said Rasmussen's attire — "high heels, a very short skirt and some sort of halter top revealing much of his bosom, shoulders and back" — was inappropriate.

"This puts Silverton Together in a position that will be difficult to defend when we have sent our youth home on various occasions to change into something more appropriate," she said. "I expect our public leaders to follow the same guidelines that we have for our youth."

Complaint targets Silverton mayor [Statesman Journal]

Now, we haven't seen the outfit in question. However, we're not gonna give Stu a full pass here. If the outfit really was something that the youth couldn't wear, then it might have been inappropriate. What's good for the transgoose is good for the transgender.

But the best part: That we're seeing the words "controversy" and "transgender mayor" in the same sentences, and it's not the trans or mayoral part that's got people up in arms. In a weird way, this petty drama actually seems like a community win.

**UPDATE, 7/31: Trans Mayor Stu Rasmussen's Mini Skirt Catches Bill O'Reilly's Eye [Towle]

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Your thoughts

My only problem with the whole story is the quote from Brenda Sturdevant. She should have said "HER bosom". She's using an improper pronoun for somebody that is a woman.

Posted by: Scott | Jul 23, 2009 6:43:14 PM

I'll bet that someone has pictures!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 23, 2009 8:40:08 PM

GO Stu!

Posted by: Jon | Jul 23, 2009 11:05:58 PM

@Scott - from what I've seen, Stu Rasmussen goes by male pronouns.

Posted by: Celia | Jul 24, 2009 10:30:33 PM

The mayor has the right to be transgender but why wear such revealing clothing at work? It might be a little distracting for those on the city council to see all that t and a.

Posted by: Krissy | Jul 25, 2009 2:48:47 PM

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