Titus is running for county executive in Erie County, PA
Washington, DC – This morning Dr. Tyler Titus (they/them) released a powerful and unprecedented campaign launch video addressing their struggles growing up transgender and their two attempts at suicide. Titus – who became the first out trans elected official in Pennsylvania history when elected to the Erie School Board in 2017 – would be the first out trans county executive in the United States if elected. Titus is a Victory Fund Spotlight Candidate. Their primary is May 18.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the campaign launch video:
“While many Americans still need to be educated on trans issues, Tyler’s openness in discussing their past struggles with gender identity and mental health will resonate with many who too often keep their own struggles to themselves. Tyler’s experiences contextualize their passion for transforming the healthcare and education system in Erie County and that authenticity will help Tyler win this race. At a moment when too many political figures are vilifying trans people for their own perceived political gain, Tyler’s video is a strong counternarrative that shows trans people as leaders who care about their communities and are determined to make positive change for everyone.”
Titus also released the following statement about the video:
“It was important to me to release this video because I know the power of vulnerability and authenticity—especially from marginalized perspectives. At the end of the day, I want trans kids to be able to look at me and feel hope—for themselves, and that a better world is possible. I’m proud to be running an unapologetically progressive campaign to not just right the wrongs of the past, but to create a future we can be proud of. This is bigger than any one of us.”
More information about all of Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates is available at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.
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