Indiana Politician’s Claim to Identify as Transgender Indian Woman Doesn’t Count 

Alessandro de Leo /
Alessandro de Leo /

A white male councilman from Indiana has landed in hot water after joking that he identified as a lesbian woman of color. Delaware County Councilman Ryan Webb, a married father of five, broke the internet with his claim that he is a gay woman of color. 

‘It is with great relief that I announce to everyone that I identify as a woman and not just any woman but as a woman of color as well. I guess this would make me gay/lesbian as well since I am attracted to women,” Webb wrote in a Facebook post on April 12, 2023. 

Predictably, his declaration received immediate pushback from the LGTBQ+ community, with calls for him to step down. Dana Black, the host of the “Turn Left” podcast, responded, “I’m hoping that this individual is not making a mockery of what it means to be more in a marginalized community, but I have a feeling that that’s exactly what is happening.” 

Another commenter wrote, “Seriously? This is simply you showing your awful character. You are punching down, picking on, and mocking an already underserved minority population.” 

Webb doubled down on his announcement, pointing out his ties to Native American ancestors. Webb told Fox News Monday he is “very proud” to highlight his Cherokee heritage, leaving many to wonder if he has a more significant claim to Native American ancestry than Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. 

Warren’s deceptive claims to be Native American became widely known in 2018 when she took a DNA test showing she had only marginal amounts of Cherokee DNA in her ancestral heritage. She had been claiming minority status on a Texas bar application and cashing in on her connections to the Cherokee nation through cookbooks and other diversity shams. 

Warren later apologized to the Cherokee Nation for the incident, and other than memes and occasional jokes, the issue disappeared. 

As for Webb’s ties to Native Americans, his ancestry may be more legitimate than Warren’s. He explained, “I don’t profess to know the history of Ms. Warren, but I think it’s pretty consistent. I have Cherokee on both sides of my family, so I think it’s enough to self-identify as a woman of color.” 

The party of tolerance and acceptance responded predictably with calls for his resignation and execution.  

Rather than stepping back, however, Webb has fully embraced the controversy his declaration caused, pointing out the hypocrisy of the left. He said in a mic drop moment, “It’s possible I may change my mind down the road. The process of identity exploration is complex, and often times at the end of our personal journey, we end right back where we started.” 

“I hope that in the future, those asking for tolerance and understanding are willing to give it in return and not just to those who they feel are worthy of it,” Webb continues. “Nobody has the authority to validate or invalidate any individual who chooses to identify a certain way.” 

Not everyone responded negatively, however. Many supported the declaration, with one commenter writing, “I love you, Congressman Webb…. about time to bring out the idiocy going on.” Another noted, “The ironic thing is that I’ve always thought this about you. Stunning and brave!” 

In an interview with FOX host Jesse Watters, Webb said, “Some people have really been upset. You know, they’ve been big mad about it. And, you know, we had a group of individuals show up at our local Delaware County Council meeting to express their fake outrage.” 

The left’s response proved his point and fully displayed liberal hypocrisy. The party of tolerance and acceptance responded predictably with calls for his resignation and execution. 

Although the councilman has been inundated with death threats from the party of peace, he is not backing away from his claims. 

Webb told Indiana’s I-Team 8, “Going forward, I will speak my truth and be open about who I am as a person, as well as how I perceive the complexity of my own gender identity. We cannot let bullies (sic), racists, hateful and intolerant bigots silence our voices.” 

He continues, “It’s unfortunate that I cannot simply be given the same space and respect to explore my identity that so many of those targeting me demand for themselves.” 

The left can choose the game’s rules, and conservatives are not invited to play along.  

Although Democrats cannot define what a woman is, they are eager to point out what a woman is not. Only liberals can authorize an individual’s right to claim an identity. 

But Webb continues to live his truth, proudly announcing, “I am the very first lesbian woman of color in the history of Delaware County to ever serve on the Delaware County council.” 

It is doubtful that Webb will receive any recognition or awards for his groundbreaking accomplishment.