Danica Roem First Trans Elected State Legislator

This is so precious.A republican male was running against a transgender democrat. His thing was ensuring that trans women could not use the female restroom. He was defeated by a transgender woman.

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State Legislator Danica Roem

Associated Press 11/09/2017.

Richmond Virginia – A Virginia woman who is set to become the first openly transgender person to get elected and serve in a state legislature in the U.S.

Roem, a former newspaper reporter and longtime metal band singer, defeated Republican Del. Bob Marshall, winning 54 percent of the 22,000 votes cast in the Virginia House of Delegates district outside the nation’s capital.
She will be the only openly transgender state legislator in the U.S. and the first to both get elected and serve, according to the Victory Fund, a political action committee at works to get openly LGBTQ people elected.

Roem started her gender transition about five years ago when she was 28 and began taking hormone replacement therapy in late 20s. while she openly talks about it, saying it “fundamentally altered my life for the better” – she’s made it clear while campaigning that she would rather focus on jobs, schools and improving Route 28, one of the area’s most congested thoroughfares.

“I’m going to bring a reporter’s sensibilities here to Richmond so that we can actually accomplish the things I’m setting out to do without hyperbole, without discrimination.”

Working as a reporter taught her how to listen and understand people, she said on her campaign website.

No matter where you come from, how you worship, or who you love, you are welcomed and celebrated in Virginia because of who you are, not despite it.

Her opponent was a lightning rod for controversy, sponsoring a bill that would have restricted which bath rooms transgender people could use.

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

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