Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Is She The One?

There have been a number of trans people who have run for office, a couple of them have won minor races, but no trans person as far as I know won a major race.
Va. trans candidate wins primary, now faces anti-LGBT lawmaker
Washington Blade
By Chris Johnson
June 13, 2017

A transgender former journalist pulled off a surprise victory in a Virginia primary on Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination to face off against anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) in the general election.

Danica Roem, who was seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 13th District seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, beat out Steve Jansen, Andrew Adams and Mansimran Kahlon to win her party’s backing, the Associated Press reported at 8:30.

If Roem succeeds in besting Marshall, she could become the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated as a state legislator. The general election will be held Nov. 7.
I hope that she wins, but it is going to be a hard battle to win the seat. She is going up against an incumbent Republican representative in a strong conservative district.
A Trans Woman & A Bathroom Bill Sponsor Could Compete For A Seat In Virginia's General Assembly
By Suszannah Weiss
June 13, 2017

Danica Roem could soon become the first trans person to serve in Virginia's General Assembly, Rewire reports. But to get the seat, she'll have to beat out a sponsor of one of the country's harshest bathroom bills.

On January 3, Republican Delegate Bob Marshall proposed a bill that would limit trans people's bathroom access even more than North Carolina's infamous bathroom bill. In addition to prohibiting people from using a bathroom that doesn't match their birth certificate in all government buildings, the "Physical Privacy Act" required schools to out trans kids to their parents. Roem announced that she'd be running for the General Assembly on the same day Marshall proposed the bill, which was ultimately killed.
I wish her luck, she will need it.

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