Statement on Rep. Franson’s transphobic comments

Saint Paul, Minn., Nov 10, 2017

Just hours after the citizens elected the nation’s first transgender woman of color to the Minneapolis City Council, Republican Rep. Mary Franson of Alexandria tweeted a photo of herself with a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and said, “A guy who thinks he’s a girl is still a guy with a mental health condition.”

Comments like these are reprehensible, transphobic and hateful.  They will not be tolerated by fair-minded Minnesotans who demand more from its leaders. Hate-speech like this is a constant reminder in our communities of how much work we have left to do as a caucus.

We look forward to supporting a candidate who will run against hate and better represent the good people of Minnesota’s District 8B. The time has come to end transphobia and hate in our state government.


Del Jenkins

Chair, Stonewall DFL