The mayor is
transgender. So is the mayoress. And the university city of
Cambridge, England, has taken them in its stride.
Jenny Bailey, 45,
was installed on Thursday as mayor of the Cambridge
city council, and her partner, Jennifer Liddle, 49, a former
council member, assumed the honorary title of
Both were born
male and had gender-reassignment surgery in their 30s.
According to the Local Government Association, Bailey is the
first transgender person to serve as a mayor.
fantastic," Bailey said after being installed. She has
two sons with her ex-wife, who remains a friend.
Cambridge council's chief executive, said he knew there
would be interest in the new mayor's sex change.
"It is the
council's firm view that someone's gender and sexual
orientation has no bearing on their suitability to hold
public office," Hammond said.
Bailey, a Liberal
Democrat, had previously served as deputy mayor.
"People can take me as a role model if they want,"
The [London] Times newspaper quoted
her as saying. "But for transgender people, all we want is
to disappear and become normal, so I don't want to let
it define me. When you go through transgender
experience and come through the other side, you are
just happy to get on with normal life, normal problems, so
this is a wonderful opportunity." (AP)