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Danica Roem Has Become The First Openly Transgender Person Elected To Office

Danica Roem Has Become The First Openly Transgender Person Elected To Office

Her inspiring and graceful response? "I don't attack my constituents".

"No matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love, if you have good public policy ideas, if you're qualified for office, you have every right to bring your ideas to the table", she said.

Gerri Cannon won a seat on the Somersworth School Board, and has said she has plans to run for New Hampshire State Representative.

Roem, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Bob Marshall who proposed a bill restricting which bathrooms transgender people could use and attempted to block Virginia from adding sex and gender discrimination to anti-discrimination rules.

Also in Virginia, Kathy Tran, a refugee from Vietnam, became the first Asian-American woman elected to the House of Delegates.

On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem's gender. Roem asked Noisey in the midst of her campaign. She also argued that Marshall had spent too much of his energy during his term tackling social issues.

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. Marshall also penned Virginia's so-called bathroom bill, which would have made it unlawful for trans folk to use whichever bathroom they wanted to use.

Jenny Durkan is projected to win the mayoral race, which would make her the first lesbian mayor in Seattle, reported the Seattle Times.

Roem, 33, was born in Manassas, Va., and worked as a journalist for local newspapers in Virginia and Maryland including the Gainesville Times, Prince William Times and the Montgomery County Sentinel. "It was great. I could just keep doing my job".

Kaufusi replaces John Curtis, Provo's current mayor, who successfully ran for the US House seat that was left open when former congressman Jason Chaffetz resigned in June.

Phillipe Cunningham won a close race to become the second transgender candidate ever elected to office in Minnesota, joining Jenkins on the Minneapolis City Council, reports City Pages.

"Tonight voters chose a smart, solutions-oriented trans leader over a divisive anti-LGBTQ demagogue-sending a powerful message to anti-trans legislators all across the nation", said Moodie-Mills.