In an interview with the Victory Institute, Mayor Cau explained why she decided to run for office this year. She cited a “desire for change” within her community and identified her sole motivation as “improving the lives of people. [her] village ”, a clear road for his constituents. Mayor Cau said she believed her election was due to her platform and values rather than her gender identity, an ideology she hopes to see normalized in politics. ” What is […] amazing is that I am not an LGBT activist. You can therefore be elected normally on a program without taking into account your orientation and your gender identity, ”explained Cau. In the rare cases where she has experienced comments regarding her identity, Mayor Cau has found that her fellow citizens of Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes only treated her with kindness and positivity.
During his first months as mayor, Cau led Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes through the difficult times of the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 initially prevented Cau and his city council from taking office due to the necessities of the inauguration. However, even before taking the oath, Mayor Cau “launched a citizen solidarity initiative to which many volunteers responded” to help implement preventive measures. The inauguration in May gave the city council the legitimacy to take further action, opening the school following security measures, with the city in control of the virus. The council’s pre-inauguration plan included community ties during its era of social distancing, allowing the city to eventually enter a state of relative security.
Cau’s election comes “against a backdrop of regressing LGBT rights in Europe around the world, especially for transgender people, who have become a particular target of conservatives,” Cau added. Indeed, the French Ministry of the Interior has reported a “36% increase in the number of victims of anti-LGBT acts” in 2019 alone. Cau’s election and the support of his community show a potential future for LGBTQ people in France and in Europe in general, giving hope to LGBTQ people in the region. As LGBTQ representation in the political sphere grows, voters focus on “the worth of individuals regardless of their gender identity” or sexual orientation, as the co-founder of the French National Transgender Association puts it, Stephanie Nicot. Victory Institute works around the world to train leaders like Cau to successfully run as LGBTQ candidates, helping to spawn what Global Mayor Cau envisions: an acceptance in which LGBTQ people know they don’t. are not alone.