These Two Transgender Women Made Election Night History

Casey Dawson
November 9, 2017

Roem handily outraised her opponent and as the Washington Post reports, her campaign "executed an aggressive ground game, knocking on doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voters, sitting for endless public appearances and interviews, and maintaining a steady social media presence".

In 1992 a transgender woman was voted into the Massachusetts House, but didn't disclose her gender identity until after she was elected.

Danica Roem Promises a "More Inclusive Commonwealth" She never uses the word "transgender", but images are shown with her campaigning while wearing a rainbow handkerchief scarf.

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

Bob Marshall, who has referred to himself as "Virginia's chief homophobe", refused to debate Ms Roem in person and only used male pronouns to describe her.

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

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"I don't attack my constituents".

A lightning rod for controversy, Marshall often drew the ire of even his own party.

Marshall had been at odds with LGBT issues and had proposed a state bill in 2015 that would allow anyone who has a license with the state to refuse services to gay people and earlier this year introduced a bill to restrict transgender people's access to public restrooms, CNN local affiliates reported.

On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem's gender. For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future. She also sang in a metal band in her spare time, ABC News said. "Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years".

Michelle Kaufusi became the first woman elected mayor in the 157-year history of Provo, the third-largest city in Utah, on Tuesday night. Tyler Titus, who is openly transgender, won a seat on a western Pennsylvania school board.

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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