Althea Garrison made history this week as the known first transgender individual to serve on the Boston City Council. But Garrison doesn’t acknowledge her gender status —making “the first” an awkward characterization.

On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Jon Keller of WBZ News, Tom Fielder of Boston University, Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University and Adam Reilly of WGBH News.