Welsh city elects youngest and first ever openly non-binary mayor


This is so awesome. 

Owen Hurcum is a 22-year-old recent graduate and also now the youngest mayor in Welsh history AND (most notably for us) believed to be the first openly non-binary mayor of any city worldwide.

I can’t remember what I was doing at 22 (because I was probably drunk af), but it definitely wasn’t anything as cool as this, so can we just take a second to s/o to all queer youth like this for SMASHING the agenda. We’re proud as punch. 

Here’s what Owen had to say on his appointment:

“When I came out two years ago I was so worried I’d be ostracised by my community or worse” he tweeted.

“Today my community elected me mayor of our great city. The youngest ever mayor in Wales. The first ever openly non-binary mayor of any city anywhere. Beyond humbled. Diolch, Bangor.”

As ever, with the internet being the way it is, the “well actually…” brigade tried to piss on Owen’s parade by arguing that Georgina Beyer, who was elected mayor of Carterton in New Zealand back in 1995, was actually the world’s first non-binary mayor.

But, for clarity, Georgina is transgender and defines as female, not non-binary.

So well done, Owen! You rock!