First Out Trans Candidate Wins State Legislative Primary

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Photo courtesy of Danica Roem via Washington Blade.

She beat three other primary candidates and now she’s poised for a chance to become the nation’s first transgender state legislator.

On Tuesday Danica Roem became the Democratic party’s representative in the District 13 Virginia House of Delegates race. She now faces Bob Marshall of the Republican party. Marshall is a self-described “chief homophobe.”

“Danica Roem is a leader in a national movement of trans candidates who are determined to become a voice for their community in the halls of power,” President & CEO of Victory Fund Aisha C. Moodie-Mills said in a press release. “This historic primary win sets up a general election battle where voters will choose between ‘Bigot Bob’ Marshall – the most anti-LGBTQ member of the Virginia state legislature – or Danica, a proud trans woman who is committed to representing all people in her district. I am confident voters will choose leadership over divisiveness and make Danica the first out trans candidate to win and serve in a state legislature.”

Roem was endorsed by the Victory Fund, which has been working with her campaign through the primary. Now they are persuading voters to support her.

“Over the next five months, Victory Fund will work to make 2017 the year of the trans candidate – by supporting Danica and the unprecedented number of out trans candidates across the nation,” said Moodie-Mills. “Our team will provide campaign and fundraising support, build visibility and knock on doors for our candidates. Trans elected leaders are the antidote to the anti-trans legislation and policies proposed at all levels of government – so we must elect more of them.”


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