Last night, I got news that Danica Roem handily beat her Republican opponent in Virginia to become the first out transgender state legislator in the United States. This is a huge, huge victory, and she earned it, running a campaign on the issues while her opponent, a notorious homophobe, kept waving the transgender-panic flag. She out-funded her opponent and ran an aggressive ground game. She said in multiple interviews that she wanted this election decided on the issues, but was always open to answer questions about her own life.
Delicious Irony Department; her opponent, Robert Marshall, was the author of multiple anti-LGBT bills in Virginia, including a bill very similar to North Carolina’s disastrous HB2.
…and he was beaten out of his job–with a good margin–by a transwoman, one of the very people he wanted to discriminate against.
This means a lot to me, for a lot of reasons, for the same reason seeing women CEOs or amputees like Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) at the top of the food chain means a lot. Representation matters, folks; Danica Roem made all the right moves, and it’s paid off–hearty congratulations to the Delegate!
(Note: Ms. Roem is not the first transgender state legislator in the US–that title belongs to Althea Garrison, who was seated for one term in Massachusetts from 1993-1995. But she wasn’t out and open about her transition.)