Sheila Weinberg makes Israeli history as 1st transgender person to win local council seat

For the first time in Israel’s history, a transgender individual has been elected to a local council, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

Sheila Weinberg will serve in Kiryat Tivon, the outlet says.

Earlier this week, Israel Hayom published a profile on Weinberg, who is a well-known social activist and a former teacher.

“On a personal and community level, we have an opportunity to break the glass ceiling this year. There are more transgender people running in local authority elections, and I really hope that we will be able to sit at the decision-making table and have an impact,” she said.

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