(TODAY COLOMBIA) While Caitlyn Jenner graces the cover of Vanity Fair and the world speaks of her beauty, Alondra Metaute, a 38-year-old transgender Colombian woman, is running for mayor of Sopetrán, a small town in Antioquia in north central Colombia.
“They (the men) would catcall and wanted to touch me in public,” she said of first appearing as a transgender. “But right from the start I made sure I’d be respected.
I had to slap one or two men in the face, and once got into a real fight with someone who tried to to pee on me.”
She inherited a desire to enter politics from her dad. She is a candidate of the left-wing Alternative Democratic Pole, and she is the first transgender woman to have received political training from Politics for Women, an equal-opportunity initiative started by the regional government.
“Traditional politicians tell people how they will vote for a marica (fag). And I say to them that this marica has more balls than them, because I will respect the resources that belong to the people. “
If she wins the vote, she would be the first transgender mayor in Colombia.