- Virginia elects its first transgender official
- Former journalist Danica Roem wins a seat in the state legislature
- She beats long-time politician Bob Marshall
Former journalist Danica Roem has been elected as Virginia’s first ever transgender to hold the elective position of a state legislator.
The 33-year-old Democrat beat Republican politician Bob Marshall who have been serving for the state for a quarter of a century already.
According to a story by The Guardian, Marshall is considered as one of the “most socially conservative lawmakers” as it opposed same sex marriage and also filed a bill that requires individuals to go to bathrooms based on their gender marked in their birth certificate.
This made the victory sweeter, according to David Toscano; another democrat leader in Virginia.
“It’s historic … It sends a message to politicians everywhere that the politics of bigotry is over,” he was quoted by The Guardian.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, meanwhile, said that Roem is actually the first transgender in the United States to ever win a set in the legislature.
Victory Fund supported Roem’s bid through a fundraising program that helped her reach awareness in the ground.
“Tonight voters chose a smart, solutions-oriented trans leader over a divisive anti-LGBTQ demagogue, sending a powerful message to anti-trans legislators all across the nation,” the group was quoted in an article posted on ABS-CBN.
Roem, a former journalist for the Gainesville Times, will be serving for two years by applying the things she learned as a local reporter in crafting policies for municipal issues.