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U.S. Elects First Openly Transgender State Representative

Andrew Marshall, Staff Reporter

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The November 2017 election week had many winners; it also had just as many losers. But the most meaningful of these victories was not only for the Democratic party, but for the LGBT community as well.

 

On Nov. 7, Virginia elected Danica Roem, an openly transgender woman, as their United States’ State Representative. Roem is the first openly transgender congresswoman in United States history. After the victory, she boldly stated that Discrimination is a disqualifier, acknowledging her opponent, Robert G. Marshall, who calls himself the state’s “chief homophobe.”

 

Roem won 54% of the votes, where Marshall won 46%.

 

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