Becomes First Out Trans Person to Be Re-Elected to State Legislature
Danica Roem has made history for a second time, by becoming the first out transgender person to win reelection to a state legislature. Roem, fighting anti-LGBTQ candidate Kelly McGinn in Virginia, emerged triumphant on Tuesday night, winning 56 per cent of the vote.
Roem’s victory means she will continue to represent the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates—encompassing Manassas, Manassas Park, Gainesville, and Haymarket—where she made history in 2017 by becoming the first ever out transgender state legislator, with her focus on healthcare and local issues, including transport.
LGBTQ advocacy groups were quick to praise Roem's reelection, calling it a historic moment.
"Delegate Roem has been an effective leader in Richmond & she isn’t finished yet. We look forward to continue working with this amazing legislator to advance equality for all," Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David said in a tweet.
Before becoming a delegate, Roem worked as a journalist at the Gainesville Times and the Prince William Times.
Source: The Hill
It's amazing how people react to Transgender people when they blend in. Danica is a normal woman, save that she was born with the "wrong" plumbing. Once her district became familiar with her (as they must have from all the publicity she has received), they see her as a responsible legislator who will champion her district's causes in the legislature. This is important, because she is now seen NOT FIRST as a transgender woman, but FIRST as their effective representative in the legislature. Being transgender is no longer an issue for those who voted for her.ReplyDelete
Let's hope she has a long and successful career in politics.