Although Krug expected to be attacked as a transgender woman, her campaign was gaining traction until a few weeks before the election, when videos on Facebook characterized her as someone “who wants your kids to read pornography” and portrayed her as a “groomer.”
The lawyer, who transitioned genders in 2009 at the age of 52, felt all was lost until that same day she received a call telling her she was to receive a Stonewall Award.
“It was as if the universe was shouting at me, ‘Hold tight, Ellie. Stay the course,’” she said.
On Election Day, Krug was shocked to receive the third highest number of votes. Now she is one of seven or eight trans school board members in the country and (she thinks) the only lawyer.
Krug said receiving the award will help when she speaks in smaller cities and rural areas, because “this is where the work has to be done now.”
“It matters that our work can be seen,” said Jennifer C. Pizer, the chief legal officer of Lambda Legal, in accepting her award.