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Germans Dump Transsexual Mayor

November 30, 1998

QUELLENDORF, Germany (AP) _ Residents of the eastern German village of Quellendorf voted to dismiss their mayor Sunday after he announced he was becoming a woman.

Norbert Lindner, 40, was elected to a seven-year term in 1996 but shocked many villagers last summer when he began wearing women’s clothes and calling himself Michaela.

Lindner’s celebrity has since spread far beyond the village of 1,048 people, where transsexuals from Germany and France converged Sunday to show support for the mayor.

Quellendorf’s citizens voted to oust Lindner, despite his appeal for tolerance.

``I think society as a whole has some catching up to do,″ he told reporters.

Lindner, a father of two children whose wife has left him, said he plans to start sex change surgery Thursday. A member of the reformed East German communists, he had said he would leave Germany if voted out of office.

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