Historic First Win for Openly Transgender Candidate in Hawaii

Kim Coco IwamotoKim Coco Iwamoto Wins State-Level Board of Education Seat

Iwamoto is the First Openly Transgender Person Elected to a State-Level Office in the US

National Center for Transgender Equality

(Washington, DC) — Yesterday's mid-term elections marked a historic first in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) movement for equality and civic engagement. With a comfortable victory garnering 81,532 votes, attorney Kim Coco Iwamoto was elected to Hawaii's state-level Board of Education (Oahu-at-Large), a non-partisan office. Ms. Iwamoto, an openly transgender woman, is a member of the National Center for Transgender Equality's (NCTE) Board of Advisors. Iwamoto holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law, is a volunteer guardian ad litem for the First Circuit Family Court, and is a frequent speaker at high schools and colleges on civil rights issues and community service.

"This is a truly historic win and marks an important first in the American political landscape, said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

"Kim Coco Iwamoto is an outstanding individual with a long history of pro bono legal work and volunteerism benefiting her home state. She will serve the people of Hawaii well."

There are currently only a limited number of openly transgender elected officials serving in the US and around the world. In the United States, Michelle Bruce serves on the City Council in Riverdale, GA and Jessica Orsini serves as an Alderman in Centralia, MO. There are also dozens of other openly transgender appointed public officials across the U.S. New Zealand's Georgina Beyer has served in Parliament since 1999; Aya Kamikawa was elected as a municipal official in Tokyo, Japan; Vladimir Luxuria was recently elected to Italy's Parliament.

As public education efforts aimed at ending misconceptions and prejudice against transgender individuals advance, more and more transgender people feel safe and comfortable living their lives openly. Concerned with the betterment of the country's economy, educational system, health care and security, candidates who also happen to be transgender are running for—and winning—political office.

To read more about Board of Education Member, Oahu-At-Large, Kim Coco Iwamoto, please visit her campaign Web site at www.kimcoco.com.

Trackback URL for this post:


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Vote for Kim even if you don't live in Hawaii!

#89 On Wed, 12/20/2006 2:42pm INTRAA said,


Vote for Kim Coco Iwamoto for "Queer of the Year"
(first openly Transwoman Elected to State Office in USA)


She's in last place right now, so everyone's help is needed!

Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance
P.O. Box 20386 Indianapolis, IN 46220-0386
Phone: 888.657.1854 (toll free)

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.