Danica Roem refusing to shit talk Bob Marshall, the self-proclaimed Chief Homophobe bathroom bill author incumbent she defeated, by saying “I don’t do that to constituents” is simultaneously impressively gracious and the sickest fucking burn I’ve seen in a while.
Tonight Andrea Jenkins, a bisexual trans woman of color, was elected to city council in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
another openly trans woman, won an election to the state House of Delegates against anti-LGBTQ+ incumbent Bob Marshall, a man who had dedicated his legislative career to harming LGBTQ+ Virginians and who’d recently introduced an anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’.
She soundly defeated 25-year incumbent Bob Marshall, a social conservative who frequently tried to use her gender identity against her throughout the campaign, even misgendering her at times. Her win in the 13th district, in northern Virginia, is a significant rebuke to the Trump administration’s hostility toward the transgender community. When she is sworn in, in January, she’ll become the first transgender person elected and seated to a state legislature.
Y’all!!!!!!! Today TWO transgender women were elected into public office!!! Join me in congratulating Danica Roem (Virginia house of delegates) and Andrea Jenkins (Minneapolis city council)!!! I finally feel like i have some hope for this country 💖💙
Holy motherforking shirtballs. I don’t know if any of you follow US politics, but tonight has been incredible. Things are happening. Virginia flipped fourteen seats from red to blue—the biggest flip since 1899. Over 100 years ago.
Virginia also just elected the first trans legislator, Danica Roem. That’s significant in and of itself, but the kicker?? The man she beat is the one who created the anti-trans bathroom bill. Irony never tasted so sweet.
Minnesota just elected a black trans woman to the Minneapolis city council. A BLACK!! TRANS!! WOMAN!! I’m so proud of Andrea Jenkins.
Seattle just elected its first lesbian mayor. And she’s the first female mayor since the 1920s! NINETEEN TWENTIES!!
There are so many more minorities who have been elected into office (please add them!), and this is so incredible.
I haven’t had hope like this in a long time. I had forgotten how good this feels. Now, onto 2018!
this time last year a racist orange and his homophobic sidekick was elected for office and all hell broke loose. this year, Danica Roem made history by becoming the first trans legislature. this is why it’s important to vote in local elections because every aspect of progress matters.
Danica Roem has won more votes than an extremely conservative incumbent representative in Virginia tonight, becoming the first transgender woman in the state to be elected to office – and the first out transgender person elected to a state legislature. Woohoo!
The contest was one of dozens of state legislative races where Democrats were pushing to gain ground in the Republican-majority General Assembly, buoyed by a surge of anti-Trump sentiment among Democrats and independents and hoping to provide an example for the nation of how to run in opposition to the unpopular Republican president.
Roem outraised Marshall 3-to-1, with nearly $500,000 in donations, much of it coming from LGBT advocates and other supportersacross the country. She and her supporters executed an aggressive ground game, knockingon doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voters, sitting for endless public appearances and interviews, and maintaining a steady social media presence. […]
While Roem campaigned mostly on local frustrations with traffic congestion along Route 28, she also talked about her gender identity when asked. The race took an ugly turn when Marshall and his supporters released ads highlightingRoem’s transgender identity and referring to the Democrat with male pronouns.
In the end, that tactic failed, with Roem leading by nearly 10 percentage points with 90 percent of the vote counted, according to preliminary, unofficial results.
This is amazing news for all of us. Congratulations, Danica!