Vermont gets state’s 1st openly transgender legislator

November 4, 2020 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Voters in Winooski have elected Vermont’s first openly transgender member of the state Legislature.

Taylor Small, 26, was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives on Tuesday.

“It hasn’t fully sunk in yet, and I don’t know when it will,” she told the Burlington Free Press. Small, who had the Progressive and Democrat nomination, came in second behind incumbent Democrat Hal Colston for the two-seat district.


Small, who is director of the health and wellness program at Pride Center of Vermont, told the newspaper that she hopes her election shows young queer and trans people that they, too, can become leaders.

“I saw it more as a long-term goal,” Small said of being a legislator. “I didn’t see it happening at the age of 26.”