Last Tuesday, the election of Danica Roem to Virginia’s House of Delegates—part of a wave of progressive electoral wins across the country—lit up the internet. A local journalist, proud metalhead, and the first openly transgender person seated in a U.S. statehouse, Roem defeated her loudly transphobic opponent,…
Last night, glimmers of hope shone through.
On Tuesday night Danica Roem defeated Bob Marshall in Virginia’s 13th district. Roem’s victory makes her the first trans woman to serve on Virginia’s state legislature — Roem’s election also makes her the first openly trans candidate in the country to run and win a seat on any state’s legislature.