aside History Is Made: 1st Transgender Woman Wins Virginia Election Against Anti-Gay Conservative

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DANICA ROEM

The evening of November 7, 2017 was a night for democrats to revel in as they won just about every race that they pursued.

But history was also made as a transgender democratic candidate Danica Roem won a Virginia state elected office against a republican candidate who sponsored a 2017 bill that would have restricted the bathrooms transgender people can use. Payback is sweet!

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Here is the rest of the story…

On November 7, 2017, the Washington Post published an AP report,”Transgender woman wins Virginia House seat, makes history by Sarah Rankin.

Excerpts:

“A transgender woman unseated one of Virginia’s longest serving and most socially conservative lawmakers Tuesday (11/7/17) and is set to make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature.”

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“Democrat Danica Roem, an experienced newspaper reporter, beat Republican Del. Bob Marshall, who sponsored a bill this year that would have restricted the bathrooms transgender people can use. The race was one of the year’s most high profile, drawing national and international attention and big money to the northern Virginia House of Delegates district outside the nation’s capital.”

“It’s historic. … It sends a message to politicians everywhere that the politics of bigotry is over,” House Democratic Leader David Toscano said.”

“Roem will be the first transgender member of the House of Delegates and will become the first out transgender person to win and serve in a state legislature, according to the Victory Fund, a political action committee that has supported her.”

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“Roem openly discussed her gender identity during her campaign, but it was far from her focus. Instead, she focused on jobs, schools and, with particular fervor, northern Virginia’s traffic congestion.”

 “She started pursuing therapy to begin her gender transition when she was 28, and said in an interview earlier this year with The Associated Press during the campaign that politics should be inclusive of all.”

“No matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love, if you have good public policy ideas, if you’re qualified for office, you have every right to bring your ideas to the table,” she said.

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“She also argued that Marshall, who has served in the House since 1992, has spent too much time on social policy.”

“In addition to this year’s bathroom bill, Marshall was also the author of a now-void constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and sponsored a bill banning gay people from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard.”

“On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem’s gender.”

“Roem, who sings in a metal band in her spare time, said she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times, skills she would bring to bear as a delegate.”

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“We are determined to replicate this race nationwide – using constituent-focused LGBTQ candidates to takedown elected officials who use their positions to target our community. Tonight was the opening salvo,” Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, president & CEO of Victory Fund, said in a statement.”

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17 comments

        • Dear Mama Cass,

          The difference last night was that peoples showed up in a mid term election. In VA, lots of women stood in line in pouring rain. Peoples are motivated to send those supportive of President Trump a message that Dems, independents and centrist republicans will not sit on their behinds.

          Thanks a million times over for sharing this post via your reblog.

          Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Jill,

      I think we all needed a morale boos and last night’s democratic elected office victories gave it to us, bigly.

      Ii was a huuuuuuge comeback to the marketing efforts by White Supremacists like Steve Bannon and those who took his advice, like President Trump.

      We have hope for success to trounce on the divisive messages of hate and bigotry. .

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Roger,

      I have been doing the happy dance all day. I have been on a high. The US democracy is working in the best way possible.

      Last night, I was so proud of this country. There are decent peoples (democrats, independents and centrist republicans) showing up at the voting booths to send President Trump and his cronies a message that we don’t care for the way they are governing.

      The number one issue for the voters by far was healthcare….Oh what a night….

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. Gronda, this is just a great story. Who she is versus who she beat. A man who proposed the bill to diminish her (and others like her) rights loses. This is fitting. Keith

  2. Dear Keith,

    And she looks and sounds great. As a reporter she knows her community well. I’d vote for her. Guess what? The number 1 issue by far was health care.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, if our Republican leaders would listen, Americans have been telling them to improve and stabilize the ACA, not repeal it. This tax bill is even more unpopular. Not listening to all Americans may haunt them. You cannot govern wisely listening only to your most fervent base and shutting out bipartisanship. Keith

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