Alex Blaze

Michelle Bruce wins lawsuit, loses reelection

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 07, 2007 12:44 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Georgia, intersex, Michelle Bruce, politics, Riverdale, transgender

Michelle Bruce, the transgender city council woman in Riverdale Georgia, lost reelection (via Daimeon at PHB):

In Riverdale, Bruce — surrounded by supporters from Georgia Equality and the Human Rights Campaign — dabbed her eyes as the results were read. Her loss came a day after a Superior Court judge threw out a lawsuit by two losing City Council candidates that alleged she lied to voters when she ran as a woman.

"I think the lawsuit had something to do with it [the loss]," she said. "I think we have a lot of work to do in Clayton County, especially Riverdale. I think we need to come together and the bigots need to go."

The lawsuit against her was dismissed earlier this week. While she didn't lose a lawsuit that publicized and demeaned the fact that she was transgender, it doesn't mean that it didn't affect the election.

In a related note, the mayor, who participated in the transphobic campaign against Bruce, lost reelection as well. So maybe this is just local politics up to its usual crazy games.

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Thank God the Mayor lost. She was the height of unprofessionalism. This one bothered me enough that I wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. LOL

Oh my gosh. This day and age it should not matter if it is a male of female running. The only thing that matters is, "did Michelle do a good job". And the answer is yes. She is commited to serve her community and we should applaud her for that. I do not condone her way of life, but I do not really have an opionion either way. So after thinking long and hard and re-reading this I feel that we should applaud anyone who takes the time to care about a cause regardless of their gender and acxept her for what she is trying to accomplish. I am proud of her even when I do not know her. Thanks Michelle for giving hope that people can be different and make a difference.