Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Election night brings historic wins for minority and LGBT candidates

Courtesy of Danica Roem Courtesy of Danica Roem
Dexter Carr | 09 November, 2017, 00:57

"HRC was proud to mobilize voters to support Danica Roem's trailblazing candidacy, and we look forward to working with her to help continue moving equality forward in Virginia", the Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin noted in a statement after Roem's win. I never ran away from them.

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. She raised almost triple the amount of campaign funds as Republican rival Bob Marshall, known as one of the most socially conservative Republicans in Virginia's House of Delegates.

She quickly moves to her main issue, traffic, while slipping in her Catholic School upbringing: "As a child at All Saints Catholic School, I know what it's like waiting for my mother to come and pick me up, and she was stuck on Route 28 for sometimes two hours".

A transgender woman ousted one of Virginia's most conservative state reps Tuesday - the man who introduced a bill requiring people to use the bathroom of their biological sex.

"Roem ran a smart, issues-driven campaign focused on improving the lives of her neighbors; a campaign that ran counter to her opponent's divisive and transphobic rhetoric".

Bob Marshall, who has referred to himself as "Virginia's chief homophobe", refused to debate Ms Roem in person and only used male pronouns to describe her. She was a reporter at the Gainesville Times for 9 years (plus 2 months and 2 weeks, to be exact) before running for office, and also worked as a news editor for the Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland.

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

Roem also says she believes transparency and accountability are extremely important to the legislative process, and how Virginians perceive it.

In her Oscar-worthy acceptance speech, Jenkins said: "As an African-American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus".

"I believe in accountability".

To put things into perspective, Marshall, has earned the name the LGBT community has given him: "Bigot Bob".

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