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Democratic National Convention: Minnesota Delegate Out and ProudAired August 17, 2000 - 1:57 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: One of the main themes of the Democratic National Convention has been diversity.
CNN's Maria Hinojosa now with the story of one Minnesota delegate.
MARIA HINOJOSA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): From a distance, Jane Fee blends in with her fellow delegates from Minnesota. She cheers the speakers and talks politics. But up close, Jane Fee isn't really interested in blending in. She's proud to show off her difference.
JANE FEE, MINNESOTA DELEGATE: I probably think the most important reason for my coming again was to be out and be seen, be a good role model for others.
HINOJOSA: In fact, she's become the most visible member of her state's delegation.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think Minnesota is just really always in the forefront to open doors and, you know, it's not unusual that she would be part of our delegation, not unusual at all, coming from a very liberal state.
HINOJOSA: Jane used to be James. Eleven years ago she made her gender identity public.
FEE: I decided I'd hidden it so long, that I just couldn't hide it anymore.
HINOJOSA: She takes female hormones, but has never had an operation. What's most important to this father of four and grandmother of 10 is her political activism. She's a member of both the NRA, she's a World War II veteran, and of NOW, the National Organization for Women.
FEE: I don't see where those things are necessarily opposed to each other.
HINOJOSA: More of her liberal Minnesotan colleagues seemed surprised by her NRA membership than by her sexual identity. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I didn't know, I'm a little surprised.
HINOJOSA: And it is also her choice, at 73 years old, to party and sky dive, to sail across the Pacific and fly planes, and to not see the stares she sometimes gets.
FEE: Once I felt comfortable with myself, I found that other people were comfortable with me,
HINOJOSA: Including the presidential candidate Al Gore, who met Jane at an event in Minnesota.
FEE: He really applauds my coming out in public.
HINOJOSA: And in public is exactly where Jane intends to stay.
Maria Hinojosa, CNN, Los Angeles.
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