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Sat Nov 3, 2018, 08:51 AM

Christine Hallquist Is Making History -- And Hopes To Make More

Vermont’s openly transgender gubernatorial candidate speaks out on Donald Trump, “radicalized Christians,” racial justice and climate change.

By Michelangelo Signorile

11/01/2018 09:04 am ET

“This wasn’t exactly my career path,” said Christine Hallquist, who made history in August when she won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Vermont and became the first openly transgender person to be nominated from a major party in a governor’s race in the U.S.

“But November 9, 2016, changed everything for me,” she said. “Like everybody else, I went into a political depression. I did a lot of marching in 2017.”

It wasn’t until January of this year, when she saw a performance by four high school students who call themselves Muslim Girls Making Change, that Hallquist became motivated to run for office.

“They were high school seniors and they were doing slam poetry on what life was like being Muslim in Vermont, my loving Vermont,” Hallquist recalled in our interview, which aired on SiriusXM Progress last week. “They talked about the harassment they experienced every day in their schools.”


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