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Transgender Democrat makes history in Virginia

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 01:01

Danica Roem is the first transgender person to be elected to Virginia's state legislature, unseating her challenger, a 13-term Republican incumbent in the House of Delegates. Linda So reports.

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It's a first for Virginia. Danica Roem became the first transgender person to be elected to Virginia's state legislature. Come January, the 33-year-old former journalist will represent the state's 13th District in the House of Delegates. Roem defeated a 25-year incumbent who has served 13 terms since 1992. Republican Bob Marshall, known for his socially conservative views called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe." Earlier this year, he introduced a bill to limit bathroom access for transgender people on the same day Roem launched her candidacy. He also refused to refer to her as "she." It was an historic night for other transgender candidates as well. A transgender candidate was elected to the city council in Minneapolis and Palm Springs. They are among more than 20 transgender people who ran for office across the country this year.

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Transgender Democrat makes history in Virginia

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 01:01