Danica Roem elected Virginia's first openly transgender official

Courtesy of Danica Roem

Courtesy of Danica Roem

Roem, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Bob Marshall who proposed a bill restricting which bathrooms transgender people could use and attempted to block Virginia from adding sex and gender discrimination to anti-discrimination rules.

Danica Roem won Virginia's 13th District House of Delegates seat on Tuesday night, becoming the first openly transgender elected official in the state.

Roem raised $500,000 in donations, much of it coming from LGBT advocates and other supporters across the country, out raising Marshall 3-1, the Washington Post reported.

Roem asked Noisey in the midst of her campaign. "We shouldn't just be pigeonholed into the idea that we're just going to be fighting about bathrooms". Hours after her win, Andrea Jenkins, an openly transgender black woman, was elected to the Minneapolis City Council.

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem told reporters after the election results came in during the evening of November 7.

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"Virginia has changed so rapidly over the past 20 years". "The Old Dominion gives way to a very different New Dominion".

Roem handily outraised her opponent and as the Washington Post reports, her campaign "executed an aggressive ground game, knocking on doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voters, sitting for endless public appearances and interviews, and maintaining a steady social media presence".

"She's never had menstrual cramps, and she's never had a baby, and she never will be able to", said Carol Fox, a community activist in the Heritage Hunt section of Prince William, where Roem campaigned repeatedly.

"HRC was proud to mobilize voters to support Danica Roem's trailblazing candidacy, and we look forward to working with her to help continue moving equality forward in Virginia", the Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin noted in a statement after Roem's win. "If anybody thinks I was joking about that, they're about to be annoyed for the next two years as I constantly persist".

One pf the biggest reasons Roem ran is what some commuters describe as a awful commute along Route 28.

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