Kristen Browde, a trans woman from Chappaqua, New York, will be the first transgender woman to run for office on a major party ticket in the state.
A 66-year-old lawyer and former television reporter who worked for every TV station in New York, Browde openly came out as trans in April 2016 during the Inner Circle gala. This event is an annual satirical show put on by City Hall reporters, many of whom were Browde’s friends and colleagues.
‘It was a great place to tell everybody who didn’t know,’ she explained.
Now, Browde is running for supervisor of New Castle, the town in Westchester County where Chappaqua is located. If she’s successful, she will be the first ever transgender elected official in New York State history.
If successful, Kristen Browde will be the first ever trans elected official in New York State history
In 2014, she was appointed to the New Castle ethics board, and in 2016 the diversity committee by Robert Greenstein – who she will now be running against for town supervisor.
Upon entering her first board meeting, Browde was prepared with a plan to alter Article 78 of New Castle’s code, which is the town’s anti-discrimination law. She sought to revise the Article to create a broader spectrum of protections for the LGBTI community, as well as extended protections based on race and religion. However, her proposals have yet to be implemented.
‘The message I want to impart to my kids, who are 13 and 17, and that I want to impart to any kid, whether they are cis, trans, LGBTQ, or not, is that you are not limited in your life. The world is full of infinite possibilities and it’s what you as individuals make of it,’ Browde told Teen Vogue.
Though being transgender is not part of Browde’s official platform, she is passionate about combating the issue of homelessness within the trans community. She currently works with Princess Janae Place, a local organization which helps provide transitional housing for homeless transgender adults.
‘Trans adults get thrown out on the streets, lose jobs. It’s a problem and we are trying to solve that.’
‘Trans kids get taken care of, adults don’t. Adults get thrown out on the streets, lose jobs. It’s a problem and we are trying to solve that,’ she says.
Browde’s platform is about her town at large.
‘My vision for New Castle is one of renewal, of transparent, honest government and responsible management of residents’ tax dollars,’ Browde said in a statement. ‘I’m also fully committed to the idea of rebuilding the Democratic Party from the local level up to White Plains and Washington, D.C.’
‘My gender won’t balance the budget, it won’t get the streets plowed, it won’t fill the pot holes, it won’t help the town in any way. But what I do in office, that will,’ she states.