This Woman Just Became The First Trans State Legislator In Virginia

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A Virginia politician made history today, becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature in the United States.

She stressed creating jobs, improving schools and addressing traffic congestion, according to ABC News.

The race was marred by Marshall's constant stream of petulant trans-phobia and general asshattery, including frequently misgendering Roem and depicting her as a bathroom predator, but Roem rose above his bottom-dwelling commentary-and trounced him on election day.

Roem unseated Bob Marshall, who has been a conservative Republican figure in the Virginia State Legislature for 26 years.

The win was not only monumental because Roem is the first trans person elected, but also because she won the election over someone who is vocally homophobic and transphobic.

Prior to running for office, Roem worked as a journalist.

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In her Oscar-worthy acceptance speech, Jenkins said: "As an African-American trans-identified woman, I know firsthand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus".

He also sponsored the state's "bathroom bill" intending to ban transgender people from using restrooms matching their identity (his own party killed that proposal) and pushed a ban on gay people serving in the Virginia National Guard.

On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem's gender.

Roem wasn't the only transgender candidate elected Tuesday. "Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years", the statement read.

Roem, who sings in a metal band in her spare time, said she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times, skills she would bring to bear as a delegate. Once she is in office, she will also be the first openly transgender person elected and seated to a USA state legislature.

In a statement following Titus' win, Victory Fund President and CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills told PennLive that it was a "historic night for trans candidates" in the country, adding, "Tyler is part of a vanguard of leaders who are determined to be part of the conversation on issues that affect their lives".

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