“It is gender identity not sexual preference that applies to me”.She was elected in May as mayor of the town east of Central Expressway near McKinney. She hopes that, by being open and trying to educate other transgender people, the social and political climates will become more accepting. I love my wife, and she loves me, we have no intention of change.”When I think of all the years I anxious, all the imagined problems I would face, how much I failed to understand real public reception, I can’t believe how long I held myself back”. I have written a blog documenting my decision process and experiences as transgender and I think you would find it contains much insight.”Two years ago, with the support of my wife, daughters and son-in-law, I began Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)”.With “celebrities like olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox from the show “Orange is the new Black” and popular shows like “Transparent”, society finally has a chance to see and learn about who we are” she wrote.I am self employed and all of my customers have been understanding and supportive.Herbst follows in the footsteps of Stu Rasmussen, who became the first openly transgender mayor in the U.S. Rasmussen was elected mayor of Silverton, Oregon, in 2008. “I am Transgender”, she wrote. Herbst said she has received support from residents.In her letter, Herbst acknowledged that she did not foresee becoming mayor – she took over the role in May when longtime Mayor Johnny Hamm was reelected despite having died days earlier.Herbst, already the town’s mayor pro tem, was then appointed to complete the mayor’s full term. The controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which some argue legalises discrimination against the LGBT community, forces transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate.LGBTQ people face a number of legal challenges and discrimination in Texas which is a staunchly Republican state.