California Elects Honey Mahogany as Their First Black and Trans Local Democratic Chair
California native Honey Mahogany has been elected to a seat on the Democratic County Central Committee. She is the first black transgender person to win an elected post in California & in the U.S to chair a local Democratic Party.
On Tuesday, Mahogany, 37, who identifies as queer and nonbinary, posted her victory on Instagram. She is the first drag queen to lead the local party and well known from the 5th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, followed by releasing her debut EP "Honey Love".
After Bay Area Reporter released news of her candidacy on April 27, David Campos, Mahogany’s opponent, stepped down from the Democratic Party in favor of him being elected vice chair last month.
Soon after, the Democratic Party members elected Mahogany to the leadership role on an unanimous vote at their meeting on May 26th. Mahogany was thrilled to take on the throne.
“I’m very excited to be in this new position now, It is not lost on me how powerful it is to have a Black trans person leading the San Francisco Democratic Party…to take a stand and invest in Black trans leadership in this way, in this time not only is a message against hate it is also a message of how we live our values."
According to PinkNews, Mahogany's loyalty to San Francisco is no secret. Mahogany became a drag performer in San Francisco's Pride clubs during undergrad at The University of California. In December 2012, she started hosting “Mahogany Mondays”, a drag and cabaret show held at Midnight Sun in The Castro.
Later in 2013, she became the first contestant from San Francisco on the show, "RuPaul's Drag Race." But later was eliminated on her 4th episode. The following year, in 2014, Mahogany hosted San Francisco's annual Castro Street Fair. Two years later, in 2016 Mahogany became co-owner of The Stud bar, San Francisco’s oldest gay bar.
Her political turn started in 2018, when She served as co-president of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club. Then in 2019, Mahogany served as a legislative aide to San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney.
Later in 2020 Mahogany was elected co-chair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club's political action committee. Now In 2021, she is the newest member of the Democratic County Central Committee.
Mahogany seems to enjoy her career in San Francisco politics. According to the California News Times, she will be the third transgender in the country to play a high-ranking leadership role in the Democratic Party.
“This is just the beginning and I hope many people like me will be here in the future."
Gayes, does Mahogany have your vote?