Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Virginia Elects Transgender Woman to State Legislature

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Newsweek reports:

A different kind of glass ceiling was broken on Election Day by a Democrat who became Virginia's first transgender office-holder — and the first openly transgender person elected to any state legislature.

Danica Roem, 32, ran for a delegate seat in the Virginia state legislature to represent a district that favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election by 5 percent. She held a coveted endorsement from former Vice President Joe Biden in an effort by national Democratic leaders to end the 16-year GOP reign in the Virginia state chamber.


She unseated Robert Marshall, a Republican who sponsored Virginia's transgender bathroom bill and a ban on gay people serving in the Virginia National Guard. His campaign website highlighted his authorship of an anti-gay marriage amendment, which was struck down by a federal judge. He also opposed protection for LGBT people in the state, saying there is no evidence that it's needed in Virginia.

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