This Woman Just Became The First Trans State Legislator In Virginia

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Danica Roem unseated her self-admitted homophobic Republican opponent, Bob Marshall, to become Virginia's first openly transgender lawmaker, and the first openly trans state representative in the country.

As the margin of her victory became clear Tuesday night, the Post quoted Roem as saying: "This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias. where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it".

Marshall refused to debate Roem, often declined interviews and spent about half as much time knocking on doors. "Bob is my constituent now." .

By winning elections to the legislature, the swarm will become the first openly transgender person to public office in the United States. Jenkins' victory is an especially important one. "I, along with Equality Virginia's staff and board, send our heartfelt congratulations to Danica, and we look forward to working with her at the General Assembly to pass protections for gay and transgender Virginians".

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

Over in Seattle, Washington, Jenny Durkins made her mark when she was elected mayor of the city. What's more, she's also the city's first female mayor since the 1920s, something she joked about after she was declared mayor-elect.

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In her bio on the campaign website, Roem stated that she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times. "It was great. I could just keep doing my job".

Women weren't the only ones who triumphed on Tuesday. Additionally, transgender won the election in new Hampshire in 2012, but the position he never took.

'2017 will be remembered as the year of the trans candidate - and Danica's heroic run for office the centerpiece of that national movement, ' said Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, president & CEO of Victory Fund, in a statement. "Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government?"

Representation matters, particularly in politics today.

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.

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