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First non-binary mayor elected in Wales

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22-year-old Owen J Hurcum is thought to be the first non-binary mayor in history after they were elected to represent Gwynedd city in Bangor, Wales. Hurcum moved to the area 5 years ago to study at Bangor University, telling North Wales Live: “I came here as a student five years ago, just because it was a place to study and it looked quite nice.

Within a week, I fell in love with it and tried to throw myself into the city’s culture.”They are now the youngest-ever mayor in Wales and the first out non-binary mayor in the UK.

After being elected, Hurcum tweeted: “When I came out two years ago I was so worried I’d be ostracized by my community or worse.

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