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14 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 8:48:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
https://www.vox.com/2017/11/7/16621...

A Virginia politician made history Tuesday night, becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to any state legislature in the United States. Danica Roem, 32, just won a seat in Virginia House of Delegates, defeating Republican incumbent Robert Marshall in the 13th District.

Roem, a former journalist, won a surprise victory in the Democratic primary in June. She took on the ultraconservative Marshall, who has been in office for more than 20 years and who has taken anti-LGBTQ stances. For instance, he proposed the state’s (ultimately failed) “bathroom bill” that would have required transgender people to use the public restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate.
14 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 8:49:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
i figured the news section could use some positive news for once
14 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 9:02:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh F*CK YES.

Awesome for her, and also F*CK that bigoted-ass dinosaur Bob Marshall. God damn I am so happy he lost.
14 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 9:07:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
the poetic justice of it is so incredibly sweet
14 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 9:37:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
lol every last person I know in PWC is celebrating tonight.
It was a surprise big loss for Rs in the gov race too. They expect to lose it by a little, or win it by a hair, but they lost by double digits, I think.
14 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 9:52:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yay!
14 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 9:55:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yay
13 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 11:20:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Other firsts in VA tonight (not to take away from Danica's victory):

First out lesbian legislator - Dawn Adams, 68th SHD

First Latina legislator(s) - two of them! Hala Ayala in the 51st and Elizabeth Guzman in the 31st

First Asian-American female legislator - Kathy Tran, SHD 42.

Seems like there's a trend here, if only I could put my finger on it...
13 days ago - Tuesday 11/7/17 - 11:28:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
looks like we’re making america great again
13 days ago - Wednesday 11/8/17 - 1:53:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
What's really fun about this race is that it really had very little to do with gender identity, at least from the Danica Roem side. She canvassed the district, went to voters' homes, talked to them at length about issues (often one-on-one), and figured out what people really cared about. The main thing, unsurprisingly for anyone who's ever lived in that area, was traffic and transportation infrastructure. So she ran with infrastructure investment as pretty much the centerpiece of her platform.

Marshall and the GOP were the ones who brought gender identity into things. Marshall is just actually an anti-LGBTQ bigot, and has been for years. He repeatedly called her a man, used male pronouns, etc., and also refused to debate her. The GOP sent out really nasty mailers attacking her identity. It was extremely nasty gutter politics.
13 days ago - Wednesday 11/8/17 - 1:56:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
She certainly responded/defended when he and the GOP said and did awful stuff relating to her gender identity. But this was never some "vote for me because I'm trans and he's a bigot" gimmick campaign (even though he IS a bigot). It was actually exactly what a state delegate campaign SHOULD be. Issues-focused, community-oriented, grassroots.
13 days ago - Wednesday 11/8/17 - 3:18:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Minneapolis elected the first trans woman of color to our city council too. She's a well know figure in her community and also ran a solid, grassroots issues based campaign.
13 days ago - Wednesday 11/8/17 - 3:29:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
I saw that!!

And Erie, PA elected Tyler Titus to their school board. He is the first openly trans person to ever be elected to public office in PA.
13 days ago - Wednesday 11/8/17 - 7:37:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
How do you think this stacks up historically to things lie the first open homosexual winners?

Similar hurdle or bigger hurdle? I would think bigger.

No if only being an atheist was political suicide.
13 days ago - Wednesday 11/8/17 - 3:14:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Haaaaa this quote is gold:

A reporter asked Danica to comment on Bob Marshall/the campaign he ran against her. She said "I don't attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now."
13 days ago - Wednesday 11/8/17 - 4:36:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/8/17 - 3:14:52 PM birdsong4j wrote:
Haaaaa this quote is gold: A reporter asked Danica to comment on Bob Marshall/the campaign he ran against her. She said "I don't attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now."


That is pretty good...
13 days ago - Wednesday 11/8/17 - 6:15:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
The ability to tell someone "f*ck you" without actually saying those words is awesome
12 days ago - Thursday 11/9/17 - 7:14:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 11/7/17 - 9:37:29 PM birdsong4j wrote:
lol every last person I know in PWC is celebrating tonight. It was a surprise big loss for Rs in the gov race too. They expect to lose it by a little, or win it by a hair, but they lost by double digits, I think.


Yeah, it's great news. Have to ask though, what is PWC?
12 days ago - Thursday 11/9/17 - 7:18:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Prince William County - her congressional district will be part of the county + the city of Manassas Park.
12 days ago - Thursday 11/9/17 - 7:22:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ah, thank you, I was wondering there.

Nice to see an election where someone's policies and character are the deciding factors, not their sexual preferences or genital arrangements.
12 days ago - Thursday 11/9/17 - 7:25:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah sorry - I thought it was in the article (it should be tbh, most people probably have no idea where our 13th district is), and at that point I was typing on my phone and abbreviating.
12 days ago - Thursday 11/9/17 - 7:36:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's cool, thought it meant something else, wasn't sure what.

Funny. Scotland hasn't had an openly trans legislator yet. Gays, lesbians and bisexuals by the bucketload and no one gives a monkey's, TBH. Until the leader the leader of the Scottish Labour party resigned very recently (and good riddance, she was an idiot) there was one of the four main parties led by a heterosexual.

But no one who is trans in the Scottish parliament.

At least, as far as I'm aware.
12 days ago - Thursday 11/9/17 - 7:56:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think in some places, that comes down to %of population.

For example, I was surprised to find out that we (VA) had never elected a Latina rep before this week, or an Asian-American female rep. Far less surprised that we hadn't had an out lesbian or a trans person yet.
12 days ago - Thursday 11/9/17 - 7:57:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
But don't get me wrong - the anti-trans bigotry is still VERY much there in this state. I mean the guy she beat actually introduced our version of the NC bathroom bill (it failed).
11 days ago - Friday 11/10/17 - 1:09:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/8/17 - 7:37:20 AM Rik_Khaos wrote:
How do you think this stacks up historically to things lie the first open homosexual winners? Similar hurdle or bigger hurdle? I would think bigger. No if only being an atheist was political suicide.


there was a member of the house who was openly atheist from CA. pete stark represented a part of the SF bay area. while i can see atheists being elected in blue states, it's probably a bigger challenge in a red one, if not impossible.



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