(Embedded video I had originally via USA Today was auto-play, irritatingly; I got so irritated by it playing I've linked to the Statesman Journal web page where the video can be watched.)
Like I said in "Salem to Silverton: a trip from boring to charming," Silverton mayor Stu Rasmussen is one of the many attractions of Salem's pleasingly eccentric neighbor-city.
Rasmussen became the nation's first openly transgender mayor when he was elected in 2008. HIs popularity hasn't diminished; in 2012 he was elected to another term.
A video tour of Rasmussen's closet shows why Stu Rasmussen is such an appealing guy who-likes-to-dress-like-a-woman.
Kudos to the Salem Statesman Journal for giving us an opportunity to walk in (or at least see) Rasmussen's shoes and other clothes for seven minutes.
Anyone who thinks that sexuality and gender identity is a simple male/female, Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve proposition needs to watch this video.
I love how comfortable Rasmussen is with himself.
He and I are almost exactly the same age, being both born in 1948. We're different, yet the same. I have never talked with Stu Rasmussen, yet I feel like I know him well. He has the admirable quality of being who he is, rather than someone he is not.
I aspire to this, but have a ways to go. Stu, you are my role model. You would be a much better Geisha than I am, for sure. However, I think I'm capable of being whoever the heck I am just as authentically as you.
Thanks for reminding me of this.