(HEAT STREET) Eight months after taking office, the mayor of a small Texas town has become the first transgender elected official to come out publicly in the state’s history.

“As your Mayor I must tell you about something that has been with me since my earliest memories, I am Transgender” said Jess Herbst, the mayor of New Hope in Collin County.

She gave the message in an open letter posted on the town’s website.

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