Thirty-two-year-old Danica Roem has made history in Virginia when the journalist and proud stepmom beat out three Democrats to become the state’s first transgender candidate to win a primary for Virginia’s House of Delegates. Roem’s next fight? Facing off against Republican Bob Marshall in the November elections. If she were to win, she would become the third openly state legislator to hold office in the US.
Surprisingly, Roem isn’t the only member of the LGBTQ community celebrating the election results. She is but one of seven LGBTQ candidates in Virginia alone who have advanced to November elections.
Aisha Moodie-Mills, president and CEO of the Victory Fund said that the November contest will be interesting in that it will be between “the most anti-LGBTQ member of the Virginia state legislature” and Roem, “a proud trans woman who is committed to representing all people in her district.”