Small town mayor offers different window on Texas transgender debate

Small town mayor offers different window on Texas transgender debateSmall town mayor Jess Herbst wasn’t sure whether to expect pitchforks and torches when the next council meeting rolled around. The packed meeting – 15 to 20 people – was the first since news of her transition from Jeff to Jess Herbst, pitching a reluctant New Hope, Texas, front and center in the zeitgeist surrounding the transgender rights movement. A little over a month ago, Ms. Herbst shocked the town of about 700 when she revealed in a note to the town that she was transitioning from male to female.



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