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Danica Roem elected Virginia's first openly transgender state official

09 November 2017

Marshall meanwhile spent the entire campaign referring to Roem as him, but after her win she refused to attack her opponent, saying: 'He'll be one of my constituents and I'm not going to attack my constituents'. She defeated long-time Republican Del.

By winning elections to the legislature, the swarm will become the first openly transgender person to public office in the United States.

On Tuesday night after she was declared victor, Roem displayed the same sense of composure that she did in the face of anti-trans insults from her opponent over the past few months. "Bob is my constituent now." . Transgender women of color are among the most persecuted groups in America today; in early November, Human Rights Campaign noted that 23 transgender women have been killed in 2017 alone, 21 of them racial minorities.

Lisa Middleton became the first openly transgender city council member in Palm Springs, as well as the first openly trans nonjudicial elected official in the state of California.

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In her bio on the campaign website, Roem stated that she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times.

Across the Mississippi River, Melvin Carter was elected the first African-American mayor of St. Paul. Durkins will be Seattle's first openly lesbian mayor, and only the second in the country.

"Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government?"

Women weren't the only ones who triumphed on Tuesday.

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Tuesday's election not only brought Democratic wins in high-profile gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, but it also saw historic victories for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in down-ballot races nationwide.

"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", said Moodie-Mills. "Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government?"

In a night of many firsts, several minority and LGBT candidates won local elections that echoed the blue wave in which Democrats won races large and small.

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Danica Roem elected Virginia's first openly transgender state official