Election night brings historic wins for minority and LGBT candidates

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Althea Garrison, elected in MA, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature, but did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her race in 1992. "Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government?" Earlier this year, he introduced a "bathroom bill" that would require people to use restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificate.

Danica Roem won Virginia's 13th District House of Delegates seat on Tuesday night, becoming the first openly transgender elected official in the state. "I, along with Equality Virginia's staff and board, send our heartfelt congratulations to Danica, and we look forward to working with her at the General Assembly to pass protections for gay and transgender Virginians". "This is why I ran". She says she was very specific about the issues her campaign was built on, and it resonated- in part, because of her background. According to the Post, he refused to debate Roem and insisted on referring to her using male pronouns - tactics in keeping with his self-proclaimed status as the state's "chief homophobe", but ultimately less than useful during the campaign.

Roem is a journalist who worked for nine years reporting for the Gainesville Times and Price William Times. During her acceptance speech, she thanked her supporters and the trans community, saying: "To every person who has ever been singled out, who has ever been stigmatized, who has ever been the misfit, who's ever been the kid in the corner, who's ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn't have a voice of their own because there is no one else with them, this one is for you".

With 19 out of 20 precincts in the state's 13th district reporting, Roem had won comfortably with 54.6% of the vote.

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"Her campaign was hard-fought-she shared her personal story with her constituents and braved constant, dehumanizing anti-trans attacks from her opponent-but that is the burden trailblazers often face", said Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO of the Victory Fund, an organization dedicated to electing LGBT lawmakers.

The delegate-elect also stressed that she doesn't need money from for-profit corporations to be a success in Richmond, and she won't take them.

Two for you Virginia, and none for Bob Marshall bye.

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