Taylor Small made history in Vermont by becoming the state’s first openly transgender representative but just who is she?

Understandably, the US election is always heavily focused on who the next President of the United States will be.

As a result, it’s easy to forget that voters are also choosing members of Congress as well as local representatives.

In 2020, the people of Vermont made have history by electing Taylor Small as the state’s first openly transgender representative and the fifth across the United States.

But just who is Taylor Small and how did her win in Vermont come about?

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Taylor Small wins in Vermont

On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, Taylor Small made history when she was elected to Vermont’s House of Representatives, becoming the first transgender woman to do so.

Taylor Small, who ran under a Democratic and Progressive Party ticket, won in Vermont’s two-seat Chittenden 6-7 district which largely covers the town of Winooski, where Taylor is a long-time resident.

In winning 41% of the vote, Taylor Small replaces the retiring Diana Gonzalez who herself was a representative of the state’s Progressive Party.

Taylor Small will share the Chittenden 6-7 district with the Democratic representative, Hal Colston, who has shared the seat since 2008.

Who is Taylor Small?

Taylor Small is a 26-year-old state representative in Vermont.

As her campaign website states, Taylor’s family emigrated to the United States from Canada and after being born in Maine, ended up settling in Lamoille County, near the city of Burlington.

Taylor Small went to school in the state and in 2016 earned a B.S. degree from the University of Vermont in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Sexuality & Gender Identity Studies.

Prior to winning her seat, Taylor worked as the Director of the Health and Wellness program at the Pride Center of Vermont and has previously worked in mental health and counselling and support services.

Away from her professional life, Taylor also has a drag persona named Nikki Champagne and uses the character to promote local libraries and youth literacy as well as hosting fundraisers to support Vermont’s non-profit organisations and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Taylor Small was elected to Vermont’s House of Representatives on November 3rd, 2020.

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