Zooey Zephyr

Montana House of Representatives

Spotlight Candidate

Zooey will be the first out trans woman ever elected to the Montana legislature!

Biography

Zooey Zephyr is a progressive, bisexual trans woman who has spent her personal and professional life advocating for queer rights.

Zooey was born in Billings, Montana, where she spent the first decade of her life. After graduating from the University of Washington, she returned to Montana to attend graduate school at the University of Montana, where she is working towards a double masters in creative writing and literature. Over the last seven years, she has also worked as full-time staff at UM, first in the Biology department, and more recently in the Office of the Provost.

Zooey has experience as a community advocate, helping people who have faced discrimination navigate the bureaucratic processes required to access justice. She has worked to help programs on the university’s campus integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in to their faculty requirements, and has worked with the city of Missoula, Montana to draft human rights legislation tailored towards making justice more accessible to people who have been discriminated against.

Zooey is running for office because she has seen firsthand the way the rights of marginalized communities are under attack in Montana. After testifying at the legislature on behalf of trans rights, Zooey worked in her city to draft human rights legislation, and through through that process came to understand that the best way for her to fight for social and economic justice is to get into the room where the laws are being written.

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