Silverton Oregon’s Crossdressing Mayor
Written by Janet
Now a bit of news of the strange……In any other town, he’d be turning heads and drawing jeers, but in Silverton, Oregon, it’s perfectly acceptable. Mayor Stu Rasmussen says most people don’t mind his cross dressing, they elected him afterall.
But one man says Mayor Rasmussen crossed the line when he showed up to a youth leadership meeting in a revealing mini-dress. The man filed a complaint, but Rasmussen says he thinks the complaint has nothing to do with his outfit. The man who filed it lost to Rasmussen in the mayoral race.
Silverton is a Willamette Valley farming community about 15 miles northeast of Salem.
City Council member Stu Rasmussen ousted 16-year incumbent mayor Ken Hector on Tuesday. Rasmussen has been quoted saying he’s heterosexual, but likes to “look like a female”.
He previously served as Silverton’s mayor in the early 1990’s. That was before he began cross-dressing openly.
Rasmussen says the people of Silverton have come to accept him for who he is.
Stu Rasmussen: “It has been a very positive experience for me. The town has embraced me as their native son, and I think the election results kind of show that. I did win with a substantial majority.”
Rasmussen ran on a platform of slow-growth. His gender identity did not become an issue in the campaign.
He’s co-owner of a local movie theater. Just Out Magazine calls him the first openly trans-gender mayor of a U.S. city.