Democratic candidate Danica Roem wrote a story page on Nov. 7 in the US state of Virginia, becoming the first openly transsexual woman elected to a local assembly after a campaign that caused a stir.
According to almost complete results of the election in the state of Virginia in the United States, Danica Roem, a 33-year-old transgender woman, won 55% of the votes against incumbent Republican candidate Robert Marshall, a conservative opposed to LGBT rights, and who stubbornly refused to designate his opponent by the pronoun “she”. He had been in office for 26 years.
Danica Roem will become the first transgender person to serve in the Virginia General Assembly, representing a small constituency around the city of Manassas. This assembly votes local laws within the limits of the powers that are devolved to the states.
According to the Victory Fund, an organization that funds LGBT candidates, it will be the only person openly transgendered to sit in a local assembly in all 50 states.
“2017 will remain like the year of trans candidates, with Danica’s heroic campaign at the center of a national movement,” says Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, who heads the Victory Fund. “It’s inevitable that others will follow in her footsteps,” she adds.
The former journalist did not want to enter politics as an LGBT symbol and campaigned exclusively on local issues, starting with traffic jams on the main road crossing her constituency.
“Only a very small number of people told my volunteers and collaborators that they would not vote for me because I was transgender,” she told AFP in October.
His candidacy had, however, sparked a surge of national support, and donations had poured in from all over the country.