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A transgender woman from Wyoming, has secured a Democratic nomination to run for the Wyoming House of Representatives.

Larissa Sneider, a democrat, will be running against Republican, Garry C Piiparine.

Sneider, 68, is a retired Wyoming Walmart manager. She decided to run for office after attending a legislative session in Cheyenne last year and won the nomination last month.

Wyoming has historically been a Republican state, and continues to hold anti-LGBT laws – same-sex marriage is not legal and there are no laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“I know there are some dirty looks and some of this and some of that, but people take me at face value. It’s actually kind of strange. I think there are a lot of things going on behind my back that I don’t hear. But I think most of the reaction has been positive,” Sneider told

If she wins, she’ll be Wyoming’s first openly-transgender representative. She told the Advocate “I’m not a single-issue [candidate] in any way.” “Even if I don’t win, I’m going to use this election as a way to educate people about gender identity and transgender people. The more people who are totally out, the better it’s going to be for all of us, because it’s harder to hate a person than it is an idea.”

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