Awesome news today from Virginia as Danica Roem was sworn in as the first elected openly transgender state-wide politician in the U.S.
From The Washington Blade:
Roem last November defeated former state Del. Bob Marshall, an anti-LGBT Republican who had represented the 13th District since 1992. Roem, a former journalist, is the first openly transgender person ever seated in a state legislature in the U.S.
Roem is among the five openly LGBT members of the Virginia General Assembly.
State Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), who defeated former state Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond), is the first out lesbian elected to the General Assembly. The joined state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and state Dels. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax County) and Mark Levine (D-Alexandria).
Roem and Adams were sworn-in on the same day the 2018 legislative session began.
Today, Danica Roem (@PWCDanica) makes history as she is sworn in as the first openly transgender woman in a state legislature. https://t.co/24wnfXhHCq pic.twitter.com/r0LjLrL63x
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 10, 2018
State Dels. Mark Sickles, Dawn Adams, Danica Roem and Mark Levine on the floor of the #Virginia House of Delegates. They are four of the five openly #LGBT members of the Virginia General Assembly. @WashBlade pic.twitter.com/1CXRpKVZai
— Michael K. Lavers (@mklavers81) January 10, 2018
Danica Roem takes her oath of office during opening ceremonies of the 2018 session of the Virginia House of Delegates on January 10. She is the first openly #transgender person to be seated in a US state legislature. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP) pic.twitter.com/6aRS9OZjTa
— NBC Out (@NBCOUT) January 10, 2018