Victory for Transgender People: LGBTQ gains representation in Virginia state legislature

Danica Roem - Virginia's First Transgender State Legislator

Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates 13th district seat Danica Roem brings campaign signs as she greets voters while canvassing a neighborhood in Manassas, Virginia on June 21, 2017.  
PHOTO CREDIT: Steve Helber / AP file via NBC News

 

On Tuesday's elections, our country took a great step towards equality and progress by voting in its first openly transgender state lawmaker. Democrat Danica Roem became the first transgender person to be elected to Virginia's state legislature. She ran against a lawmaker who served 13 terms on Virginia's House of Delegates and embraced an anti-LGBTQ agenda. Defeating such a veteran politician was quite the feat and is a huge victory for the LGBTQ community.

 

The candidate Roem defeated had previously proposed Virginia’s “bathroom bill” that would have required transgender people to use the public restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate. During the campaign, her opponent had repeatedly referred to her as a man, using male pronouns in fliers and campaign mailers.

 

 

This election allows the LGBTQ community to have representation in our government and a better chance at gaining equal rights. There’s still a long way to go to achieve equality but it’s good to see the people of Virginia taking steps in the direction of progress.

 

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