Candidate for Virginia's House of Delegates
Especially for those of us in the LGBT community the news has not been good. Republican lead state legislatures have been following the North Carolina / Indiana model into outright intolerance and prejudice. Let us hope that this madness ends soon.
This morning I found a story that warmed my heart. Running for the State General Assembly in Virginia (my home state) is Danica Roem. Here is a little about her from her WEB Page:
I was born at Prince William Hospital in Manassas, attended Loch Lomond Elementary School (K-3), All Saints School (4-8) and Paul VI (9-12) before heading to western New York for college at St. Bonaventure University - where my aunt and uncle graduated - for a total of 13 years of Catholic schooling.
I started working for the Gainesville Times a month after graduating college in 2006 and reported for the Prince William Times too once our paper expanded to the eastern side of the county. I started transitioning while working at the newspaper in 2012, began hormone replacement therapy Dec. 3, 2013, changed my name, gender and byline in 2015 and no one cared. It was great. I could just keep doing my job.
I applaud her courage, sense of community and her qualifications. Maybe this is the year of the transgender candidate. A win in the general election would also make Roem the third transgender state legislator elected in the US, and one of only a few openly transgender elected officials in the world. As she said - "Transgender people have as much right to bring their public policy ideas to the table as much as anyone else.” Roem is one of at least 20 transgender candidates currently running for office across the U.S., according to the LGBTQ Representation and Rights Initiative.
“The key thing is that LGBTQ leaders are the antidote to all the madness that we see right now. They are leading the resistance, and we need more of them,” she added.