Friday, 17 November, 2017

Virginia's newly-elected openly transgender state representative

Ralph Northham Ralph Northham
Wilma Wheeler | 09 November, 2017, 00:54

The win was not only monumental because Roem is the first trans person elected, but also because she won the election over someone who is vocally homophobic and transphobic.

In the race for Virginia's 13th District, Roem, who was the Virginia House of Delegates candidate, defeated Republican incumbent Bob Marshall.

In addition to this year's bathroom bill, Marshall was also the author of a now-void constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and sponsored a bill banning gay people from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard.

Once Ms Roem is sworn in January, she will also be the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the USA, according to the Victory Fund, a political action committee that works to get openly LGBTQ people elected, and has supported Ms Roem.

And Andrea Jenkins became the first openly trans woman of color elected to the city council of a major USA city when she was elected to represent Ward 8 of Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Roem also focused on jobs and schools during her campaign. Jenkins, a 56-year-old poet and historian who transitioned in her 30s, brings 25 years of public service to the job.

Andrea Jenkins won a seat in the Minneapolis City Council to represent the city's 8th ward, the Star Tribune reported. Roem asked Noisey in the midst of her campaign. "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward". In 2009, she became the nation's first openly gay US Attorney after being appointed by then-President Barack Obama.

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