Virginia's newly-elected openly transgender state representative

by Antonio Miles November 9, 2017, 0:57
Virginia's newly-elected openly transgender state representative

In a night of many firsts, several minority and LGBT candidates won local elections that echoed the blue wave in which Democrats won races large and small.

Danica Roem was elected to the Virgina House of Delegates last night becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to office.

"History made tonight! #DanicaRoem has just become the first openly transgender legislator in USA history", the Women's March also tweeted.

Marshall was aggressively transphobic in his campaign, including refusing to debate Roem and consistently referring to her with the wrong pronoun. In that time, Marshall wrote an anti-gay marriage amendment and sponsored Virginia's transgender bathroom bill (which infamously banned students from using the bathroom that corresponded to their gender identity and required administrators to out trans kids to their parents), as well as a ban on gay people serving in the National Guard-just lots and lots of very bad stuff.

Roem, 33, openly discussed her gender identity during her campaign, but it was far from her focus.

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Roem had been running against Delegate Bob Marshall who held the office for 25 years. Roem asked Noisey in the midst of her campaign. Ravinder Bhalla became the first elected Sikh mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward". Bhalla tweeted on Tuesday night. She says she was very specific about the issues her campaign was built on, and it resonated- in part, because of her background.

Durkan was born in Seattle and attended law school at the University of Washington.

And another transgender woman broke a glass ceiling on Tuesday - Lisa Middleton, who was elected to city council in Palm Springs and became California's first openly transgender non-judicial elected official. Durkins will be Seattle's first openly lesbian mayor, and only the second in the country.

Danica Roem's Slogan: "Fix Route 28 Now" In an online ad produced by The People PAC, Roem speaks the camera and first identifies herself - before anything else - as a life-long Manassas resident: "I was born and raised at Prince William Hospital in Manassas and I've lived in Manassas ever since". She had 3,601 votes to Sherrie Hall Everett's 2,695 votes, according to Utah County election results. Tyler Titus, who is openly transgender, won a seat on a western Pennsylvania school board. Kathy Tran, a refugee from Vietnam, became the first Asian American woman elected to the Virgina House of Delegates.


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