Danica Roem elected Virginia's first openly transgender state official

09 November, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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On Tuesday, Roem became the first openly transgender legislator in Virginia and will be the first out transgender woman to serve as an elected official in the U.S. Roem's win was especially remarkable given that she ran against a vehemently anti-trans incumbent, Bob Marshall, who spearheaded the state's bathroom bill.

Her opponent, Bob Marshall, has named himself in the past as Virginia's Chief Homophobe, and has battled long and hard against LGBTI rights, even proposing a bathroom bill that was shut down in committee, making her defeat of him sweeter still.

Roem was open about her gender identity and had backing from LGBT groups.

She stressed creating jobs, improving schools and addressing traffic congestion, according to ABC News. Jenkins, a 56-year-old poet and historian who transitioned in her 30s, brings 25 years of public service to the job.

She also talked about her transition and said: "I started transitioning while working at the newspaper in 2012, began hormone replacement therapy December 3, 2013, changed my name, gender and byline in 2015 and no one cared".

"To every person who has ever been singled out, who has ever been stigmatized, who has ever been the misfit, who's ever been the kid in the corner, who's ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn't have a voice of their own because there is no one else with them, this one is for you", she told her supporters Tuesday night.

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This year, Marshall introduced a bill that would have forced transgender people to use public restrooms associated with their birth gender, instead of the gender they identify with.

On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem's gender.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Marshall said: "For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future".

Roem is a former reporter who sings in a metal band in her spare time.

Michelle Kaufusi became the first woman elected mayor in the 157-year history of Provo, the third-largest city in Utah, on Tuesday night. When Roem takes office, she will be the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and serve in a state legislative body.

In a statement following Titus' win, Victory Fund President and CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills told PennLive that it was a "historic night for trans candidates" in the country, adding, "Tyler is part of a vanguard of leaders who are determined to be part of the conversation on issues that affect their lives".

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