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Dylan Tippetts makes history as Plymouth’s first openly trans councillor

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Dylan Tippetts was elected to the Plymouth City Council in the 5 May election, making history as the first trans person to hold the position. “I’m in complete shock – part of me really wasn’t expecting to win in this seat tonight and I didn’t know whether we’d quite done enough,” the 21-year-old told ITV News. “I didn’t want to take any of the work we’d done for granted.

It’s a real pleasure to have won. For me it’s a massive honour.” The politician, who is also Labour’s first councillor in Plymouth’s Compton Ward, also commented on the way trans people are “vilified” in the media.

He added: “I know at the moment trans people are being vilified by the media… and so to actually be a voice at the table for trans people is something I’m not going to take for granted. “There’s nothing to be scared of about being trans – we’re just normal human beings with the same ambitions and dreams as everyone else and it’s important that other people see that.” Luke Pollard, the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, tweeted his support for Tippetts after the election results were confirmed. “So proud of @Dylan4Compton becoming the first ever Labour councillor for Compton Ward and Plymouth’s first ever trans councillor too,” he wrote on Twitter. “As our city’s first ever openly gay MP I am simply over the moon.

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