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Vermont Conversation: Taylor Small, state’s first trans legislator, on what her victory represents

Taylor Small in Winooski before the August 2020 primary election. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

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When Taylor Small was elected Vermont state representative from Winooski last month, she made history. Small will be the first out transgender person elected to the Vermont Legislature, and just the fifth out trans state legislator in the nation.

Small, who is currently the director of the Health and Wellness program at the Pride Center of Vermont, is part of a so-called “rainbow wave” of victories for LGBTQ candidates around the country. The number of out LGBTQ state legislators increased from 161 this year to 175 who will be in office in 2021. In Vermont, Becca Balint, is poised to be the first woman and first openly LGBTQ state senator to become Senate president pro tem.

Taylor Small is conscious of her role as a trailblazer and what her victory means for other LGBTQ people. “My goal,” says Small, “is now that the door is open, I’m going to hold it open for those who are yet to come.”

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David Goodman is an award-winning journalist and the author of a dozen books, including four New York Times bestsellers that he co-authored with his sister, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. His work has appeared in Mother Jones, New York Times, Outside, Boston Globe and other publications. He is the host of The Vermont Conversation, a VTDigger podcast featuring in-depth interviews about local and national topics. The Vermont Conversation is also an hour-long weekly radio program that can be heard on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on WDEV/Radio Vermont.

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