First transgender woman runs for office in Virginia

Earlier this year, Danica Roem, a transgender journalist, said that if she was to be elected to the Virginia state legislature, her victory would a “defining moment” that would resonate across the country.

This week, the 32-year-old came a step closer to securing that achievement when she beat three other candidates for the Democratic primary. She now faces a showdown against a veteran Republican politician known for promoting anti-LBGTQ legislation and views who has called transgender people “gender confused”. If she does, she would be one of just three openly transgender state officials in the entire country.

“It would be absolutely historic if a transgender woman was elected to help the improve the roads and make it easier for the people of Virginia to get to work,” Ms Roem told The Independent, speaking from Manassas. INDEPENDENT

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