Stu Rasmussen

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Stu Rasmussen
Mayor of Silverton, Oregon
In office
January 2009 – January 2015
Preceded by Ken Hector
Succeeded by Rick Lewis
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Silverton, Oregon, U.S.

Stu Rasmussen (born 1948) is an American politician. He became the nation's first openly transgender mayor when he was elected as the mayor of Silverton, Oregon in November 2008.[1][2]

He had previously been elected twice in the 1990s as mayor of this Willamette Valley community, before coming out as transgender.[3] He was also three times a member of the city council.[4] He was assigned male at birth, prefers he/him pronouns, has breast implants, and dresses as a woman.[5] He sometimes goes by the name Carla Fong.[5]

In 2013 a musical about Rasmussen, Stu for Silverton, premiered at Seattle's Intiman Theatre.[5][6][7]

Rasmussen, a self-described fiscal conservative and social liberal,[2][4] served as city councilor until January 2009.[8]

Rasmussen has co-owned Silverton's 1936 Palace Theater, which shows first-run movies, since 1974.[9]


  1. ^ Stu Rasmussen. "Reality Check". Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Oregon town elects nation's first transgender mayor". Associated Press. Nov 8, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Question, Big (November 9, 2008). "US election diary: The sex change we can all believe in - Americas, World - The Independent". London: Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  4. ^ a b Friar, Cathryn. "Stu Rasmussen is Transgendered Mayor » Right Pundits". Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  5. ^ a b c Ng, David (November 29, 2012). "New musical about transgender mayor heading to Intiman Theatre". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Misha Berson, ‘Stu for Silverton’ sings about small-town tolerance, Seattle Times, 2013-07-23, modified 2013-07-24, accessed 2013-08-15.
  7. ^ Misha Berson, Meet the real Stu from musical ‘Stu for Silverton’, Seattle Times, 2013-07-23, accessed 2013-08-15.
  8. ^ "City of Silverton, OR > Government > City Council". Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  9. ^ Drawhorn, Ornie (November 2011). "Keeping up in a digital age: Palace plans high tech upgrades". Our Town Live. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 

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