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First Trans Person Ever Elected in Pennsylvania Wins a Seat on Erie's School Board

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There is another race that's making big headlines, and not just here in Erie.

Erie voters elected the first transgender person ever in Pennsylvania, for a seat on the Erie School Board.

Tyler Titus took home a victory Tuesday night and will now serve on the Erie School Board. 

He will be the first open trans person elected in Pennsylvania, "Yesterday, I went to sleep as Tyler Titus the guy who works out of Harborcreek who's a candidate. Today, it's Tyler Titus the guy who made history in Pennsylvania, and it's kind of mind-blowing to wrap your brain around," said Titus.

He won one of the four open seats on the Erie school board with 18 percent of the votes.

And as an openly trans man, he says he hopes his win paves the way for a more accepting future, and sends a strong message to others in the LGBT community, "There's no dream that is too unattainable, once you set your mind to it, you chase it down and it's yours, you've just got to figure out a way to get there, and people are going to push you down, but you can't let them, you can't let them," said Titus.

Titus is a licensed professional councilor and has experience working in public and private Erie schools.

And while Titus is humbled to have made history, he says he's focused on getting Erie schools back on track for a brighter future, "At the end of the day they believe in what I was saying, and that's what I wanted to get across from day that I have ideas and I have a passion for this, and I want you to see me as not just as the trans candidate," said Titus.

Victory Fund President and CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills released a statement about Titus's win that read, “Tyler Titus shattered a lavender ceiling in Pennsylvania today – and his victory will resonate well beyond state boundaries. Trans people remain severely underrepresented in our politics and government, and now more than ever we need trans voices like Tyler’s in the halls of power. This is a historic night for trans candidates across the country – and Tyler is part of a vanguard of leaders who are determined to be part of the conversation on issues that affect their lives.”

Victory Fund is an organization which works to change the face and voice of America's politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT officials at all level of government.

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