This Woman Just Became The First Trans State Legislator In Virginia

This Woman Just Became The First Trans State Legislator In Virginia

This Woman Just Became The First Trans State Legislator In Virginia

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. Marshall was the state's longest serving lawmaker. "This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias. where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it". He refused to debate Roem and referred to her as a male throughout the campaign. She is also a historian with the University of Minnesota's Transgender Oral History Project and an award-winning author of poetry and prose.

Roem outraised Marshall, who called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe," 3 to 1.

So then what did Roem have to say about Marshall once it was announced that she had successfully beat him out for the state seat?

Roem had campaigned on everyday issues, like reducing traffic on a congested state highway, and told Mother Jones in a recent interview that he campaign was about policy, not just her identity.

Roem's victory still came as a surprise to many, though she won by almost 10 percent.

Marshall also thanked his supporters in a statement on Facebook after conceding his defeat.

Tuesday's election not only brought Democratic wins in high-profile gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, but it also saw historic victories for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in down-ballot races nationwide.

"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future". "Our great Commonwealth has had many significant electoral firsts, and it's no surprise the diverse and welcoming citizens of Prince William County have chosen to elect the first transgender candidate to any state's legislative body".

"Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government?" "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward". The Seattle Times reported that Durkan won 61 per cent of the vote Tuesday night.

"We're gonna finally fix Route 28", Roem said from a party in Gainesville where she declared victory.

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