INDIAN TOWNSHIP, ME — (09-13-20) — Geo Neptune made history last week becoming the first openly transgender person to be  voted onto the school board in Indian Township, according to a Maine-based transgender advocacy group.

Neptune was elected to the school board with 155 votes, immediately becoming the front runner in the election and one of three candidates elected, MaineTransNet, a nonprofit that serves the transgender community, announced.

The 32 year-old is a Two-Spirit artist and educator and is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, according to the Maine Public Radio. Neptune, who uses they/them pronouns, told Maine Public Radio;

“The education system treats our own culture as supplementary, as an extracurricular activity that the kids are allowed to do, instead of treating Passamaquoddy culture and history as one of the main priorities in the education system,” Neptune told the outlet. “These youth concerns, on top of community members asking me to run, those are my two motivating reasons for running for this office.”

MainTransNet executive director Quinn Gormley called Neptune’s election a mark of progress and marks a history making moment for our community.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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