Virginia Has Elected The 1st Openly Trans State Legislator In The US

by Abel Hampton November 9, 2017, 0:23
Virginia Has Elected The 1st Openly Trans State Legislator In The US

Underscoring the historic nature of her candidacy, her opponent was a 13-term incumbent who is the most outspoken conservative in Virginia's Republican-dominated General Assembly.

"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future".

Althea Garrison, elected in MA, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature, but did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her race in 1992. He held that position for the past 25 years.

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 also focused on jobs and schools during her campaign.

"Thank you Hoboken. I look forward to being your Mayor!"

Liberal organizations came out and lauded Roem's win on Twitter and in official statements after the election results came in. "We shouldn't just be pigeonholed into the idea that we're just going to be fighting about bathrooms". In 1992 a transgender woman was voted into the Massachusetts House, but didn't disclose her gender identity until after she was elected.

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem told reporters after the election results came in during the evening of November 7. "Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government? It's gone from a state where no politician would dare to condemn the Confederacy to a state where a suburban district would elect a transgender candidate", Farnsworth said after the win according to the Washington Post.

"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.

"We made history tonight", the 33 year-old from Northern Virginia, proudly declared at newly-elected Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's election night party.

Marshall conceded to Roem in a post on his Facebook page. "Someone has to fix Route 28".

With 19 out of 20 precincts in the state's 13th district reporting, Roem had won comfortably with 54.6% of the vote. "If anybody thinks I was joking about that, they're about to be annoyed for the next two years as I constantly persist".


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