VIDEO: Transgender woman named city manager in California

GREENFIELD, Calif. – The Greenfield City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to name Susan A. Stanton as city manager.

She will take over on Nov. 12.

Stanton made international news in 2007 for being fired after 14 years as city manager of Largo, Fla., after announcing plans to have a sex change. She was named Steven Stanton at birth.

CNN documented Stanton's story in 2010 in a piece titled "Her Name Was Steven."

After that, Stanton became city manager of Lake Worth, Fla.

Ahead of the Greenfield vote, Mariana Luna of Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations applauded the city for its decision to consider Stanton for city manager.

“I think it’s great … (but) I don’t think her gender matters,” Luna told “I don’t think that should be a reason to discriminate. If she’s able to do her job, it wouldn’t matter if she’s female or male.”

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