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How Emilia Decaudin Overturned the Gender Binary in Westchester

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The hosts of Trans Panic the Podcast chat with Emilia Decaudin about being New York's First and Youngest Transgender Democratic Assembly District Leader and how she overturned the gender binary while working in Westchester County.
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The hosts of Trans Panic the Podcast chat with Emilia Decaudin about being New York's First and Youngest Transgender Democratic Assembly District Leader and how she overturned the gender binary while working in Westchester County.
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be a positive change. Would you be willing to tell us about how you overturned to the gender binary in Westchester? In your position, I i your bio kind of reference that you had spearheaded this effort to amend the rules of the committee. How did that go about and how did you make that change happen? Right, so I mentioned all of these other positions which are public office positions, they're paid um once you're elected, um you serve alongside republicans, democrats who never um and you work on public laws and legislation parallel to that system. The parties in new york state and most other states have their own elected party representatives which are unpaid, it's volunteer, um but you're still elected at the ballot box by regular voters. Um in this case, um since I was a Democratic elected official, I was elected by democrats. So there was only a primary election. There is no general. Um My first term in the new york state Democratic Committee, which is the governing body for the new york state Democratic Party. Um I was put on by my local committee in my hometown in Westchester, um where I grew up before I moved my residents down to New york city. Um And that was before I had come out, but I was still the youngest ever member of that body at the time. And then when I came out the next year, I was the first openly trans member of that body. And the way that that body works is that um they elect two people per assembly district. Um Previously it was the rules said that they elected one man and one woman. So when you run for office on the petitions, we got signatures to put yourself on the ballot, you had to say that you were running for to be male state committee member or female state committee member. And this system is replicated not just on the state committee level, but on um for district leaders in various counties and for county committee members, which is the lowest rung. Um So you have all these places where if someone doesn't identify as either male or female, um they either have to lie about who they are or they just can't access this office. Um So I was privileged enough to identify as a binary gender, both before and after I came out. But for my non binary siblings, they had no option to get involved at this level. And the state committee level is relatively high, but county committee levels an entry level position for a lot of people in politics. Um And even this, this past year, at the county committee level, there were people who um wanted to run but couldn't and got kicked off the ballot when they tried to leave the gender off of their petitions. Um, and while I'm still working on changing at that level, what I was able to do with the steak and the level was passed, a resolution that changed the language instead of saying Each district shall elect one man and one woman um that it will elect to people of finer of, of different genders. And that language is important because the original reason that um, these rules were in place where you left, one man and one woman was meant to protect women's representation or to to promote it. Um, These rules came about over 100 years ago because of Eleanor Roosevelt to promote women's participation in politics. And so having it just be two people of different genders as opposed to just get rid of it entirely. Um, both preserves that um, gender equity and that balance while actually allowing non binary people to participate at all. Wow. I, I didn't realize there were still so many other great, that makes so much sense to me. Um, yeah, there are a lot of obstacles like that. And I feel like there is a lot of that in public life in general from uh, you know, whether it's forms that you're filling out or if it's just like, uh, the example that jumps out at me is that with the Atlanta Airport, the bathrooms are so highly gender. They have like little pink things with, you know, like icons with dresses literally above. Like that is their symbol for like women's restroom or whatever. And above them is like blue and it is very super. Like it is super gender there. And I feel like there are places throughout society where the the nature of of just how it's organized excludes non binary in trans people just by its uh, like essential language and set up. And, and so I really warms my heart to see that somebody is after that stuff. You know, Do you think Amelia that new york city has a long ways to go? Or do you think it's doing pretty well? Absolutely. There's still a lot of work to do. Um I like to see myself as focusing on like there's two sides of um the fight for transgender.
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