Historic wins for LGBTQ, minority candidates in USA election races

Courtesy of Danica Roem

Courtesy of Danica Roem

Roem is not the first transgender to win a legislative race but she will be the first one to actually take office. Dozens of Democrats - many of them political newcomers - unseated Republican incumbents in a wave of victories that surprised even those whose hope was unwavering.

"Danica defeated "Bigot Bob" Marshall not because she is transgender, but because she presented a positive vision for her constituents that will improve their lives". He refused to debate Roem and referred to her as a male throughout the campaign.

Once Ms Roem is sworn in January, she will also be the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the USA, according to the Victory Fund, a political action committee that works to get openly LGBTQ people elected, and has supported Ms Roem.

She also talked about her transition and said: "I started transitioning while working at the newspaper in 2012, began hormone replacement therapy December 3, 2013, changed my name, gender and byline in 2015 and no one cared". Jenkins' victory is an especially important one. "I, along with Equality Virginia's staff and board, send our heartfelt congratulations to Danica, and we look forward to working with her at the General Assembly to pass protections for gay and transgender Virginians".

Over in Seattle, Washington, Jenny Durkins made her mark when she was elected mayor of the city. What's more, she's also the city's first female mayor since the 1920s, something she joked about after she was declared mayor-elect. "Just imagine what they're going to blame on me". She says she was very specific about the issues her campaign was built on, and it resonated- in part, because of her background.

Women weren't the only ones who triumphed on Tuesday.

A transgender candidate was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2012, but didn't take office.

"Tonight voters chose a smart, solutions-oriented trans leader over a divisive anti-LGBTQ demagogue-sending a powerful message to anti-trans legislators all across the nation", said Moodie-Mills.

The election results on Tuesday night are significant.

Representation matters, particularly in politics today.

Many incumbent House seats flipped from red to blue last night (Tuesday 11/7).

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