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Transgender woman wins Virginia House race, makes history

09 November 2017, 12:55 | Marta Robbins

Danica Roem will become first openly trans legislator after stomping her opponent

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Democrat Danica Roem will make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature.

In 1992 a transgender woman was voted into the Massachusetts House, but didn't disclose her gender identity until after she was elected.

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.

In the election, Roem beat out Republican opponent Bob Marshall, one of Virginia's socially conservative lawmakers and the man that pushed to pass a transgender "bathroom bill," which would have required people to use the restroom corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate.

"To every person who's ever been singled out, who's ever been stigmatized, who's ever been the misfit..." And she knocks the incumbent for "demonstrat [ing] that his legislative priorities are more focused on where I go to the bathroom than how his constituents get to work".

Prior to running for office, Roem worked as a journalist.

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A lightning rod for controversy, Marshall often drew the ire of even his own party.

Marshall, a fervently right-wing politician who made national headlines in 2016 when he introduced the so-called "bathroom bill" created to restrict restroom access to transgender individuals, found himself in the fight of his career against Roem, who came out as transgender in 2013.

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

Roem, who sings in a metal band in her spare time, said she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times, skills she would bring to bear as a delegate.

"History made tonight! #DanicaRoem has just become the first openly transgender legislator in USA history", the Women's March also tweeted.

Kaufusi replaces John Curtis, Provo's current mayor, who successfully ran for the US House seat that was left open when former congressman Jason Chaffetz resigned in June. "Tonight was the opening salvo", Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, president & CEO of Victory Fund, said in a statement.



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