Dion Manley discusses being the first openly transgender public servant in Ohio | The sound of ideas
June is LGBTQ Pride Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the queer community, with many festivals and parades throughout the state. Many may not know that Pride’s origins were actually a political movement.
In 1969, police regularly raided clubs in the predominantly LGBTQ community of Greenwich Village in New York City. On June 28, police raided the gay club, Stonewall Inn, and the ensuing riots are widely regarded as the watershed event that transformed the Gay Liberation movement. Over the following decades, Pride became a worldwide celebration each June to commemorate this civil rights protest.
This year, Dion Manley made strides for transgender representation in Ohio by becoming the first openly transgender man elected to public office in the state. He sits on the Gahanna-Jefferson School Board. He is also only the sixth trans man ever elected in the country, according to the group – LGBTQ Victory Fundthat helps people run for office.
This Pride Month, we wanted to learn more about Manley’s story and his historic election.
Also this hour, we’ll learn about the evolution of gender, listening to a conversation Ideastream’s Justin Glanville had with the author and Dean of the School of Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah. , Kathryn Bond Stockton.