Group Files Complaint Against Transgender Mayor

He's known for his high heels and short skirts, and he's mayor of a city in Oregon.

Now, Silverton's mayor, Stu Rasmussen, is facing a new controversy. People are complaining his outfits are a little too risque.

When the mayor was invited to a youth leadership training recently, to speak to a group of students, the leaders of a non-profit group say they were concerned about his outfit. The mayor was wearing a some sort of bathing suit top or halter, a mini skirt and high heels.

The group filed a complaint.

"I was surprised," the mayor said. "I was stunned. And honestly, the organization Silverton Together is supposed to be committed to diversity and you know, this amounts basically to bigotry."

"If we had a problem with his lifestyle, why would we have invited him in here? His lifestyle is no secret," a group leader said. "We see him every day. And, as I said earlier, it's not the lifestyle I would adopt myself, but I support his right to that lifestyle."

According to city code, tank tops and mini skirts are inappropriate.

Courtesy: CNN


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  • by Chris Location: greenville on Jul 29, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    You people in this town elected a TRANSGENDER mayor, now you are mad at what it wears. What did you expect or what were you thinking in the first place? LOL. Another fine case of acceptance of different people's lifestyle.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:59 PM
    Diversity is ruining America? I don't get it.
  • by Daniel on Jul 27, 2009 at 07:48 PM
    I am a male cross dresser as is the mayor. The issue here is not the fact that he is wearing woman's clothes it is that he made a bad choice in what to wear. If a woman made the same choice for that type of event she would also have been scorned. I applaud the city for electing a free thinker.
  • by Jae'da Location: Virginia on Jul 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    The outfit was inappropriate. That's just the way it is. I'm a trans-woman, like 'rbc.' Male or female, the outfit was inappropriate. If I come to work wearing a halter top, a mini-skirt, and high heels, I'll get sent home, too. Learn what's appropriate of you. Remember, women have far more dress freedom than men, but don't abuse it. And don't cry foul, either. You messed up, apologize and get it over with.
  • by Anonymous T Girl on Jul 26, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    Tim D: You obviously haven't read in any detail. This man does *not* identify as a transgender woman, and clearly states that he is a male crossdresser. *He* is a jack-ass making it harder for transgender and transsexual women trying to get by and keep a low profile.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 26, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    This is bad but remember the citizens of the town voted it into office. I would be ashamed to say I lived in the city limits.
  • by hey rbc on Jul 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    you are right...i think ppl were more creeped out by the fact that the mayor was dressed like a hoochie. though i cannot tell a lie, it definitely takes getting used to--im still not comfortable with it.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Jul 26, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    "Diversity" and "Political Correctness": Two terms that are ruining America. Indeed you are correct "C".
  • by voter Location: nc on Jul 25, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    rbc;;; too much information,,,input is excessive.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jul 25, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    ugottabekiddinme;;; WOW, is a mild reaction to the website. this country is circleing the drain.
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