Cheers to Virginia! The trio of LGBTQ state legislators have triumphed in their re-election bids for the Virginia House of Delegates.
Danica Roem has been re-elected to a third term in the Virginia House of Delegates after defeating an anti-LGBTQ opponent again.
Danica Roem is an inspiring LGBTQ victory story. The openly transgender candidate defeated her anti-LGBTQ opponents time and again.
This time was no exception. Roem won the race in District 13 with 54.3% of the votes. She defeated Christopher Stone, an anti-LGBTQ republican opposed to marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples, among other LGBTQ rights.
With this third term, Danica Roem remains the longest-serving transgender state legislator in U.S history. She became the first transgender person to serve as a state legislator in 2017, then the first to be re-elected in 2019!
“Danica’s voters again chose a qualified trans leader over an anti-LGBTQ opponent—rejecting the so-called ‘culture wars’ that aim to divide, not improve people’s lives,” Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a press release. “While Danica’s energies are focused on her district, the impact of her leadership resonates across the country. Danica exemplifies the winning recipe for trans candidates: exemplary constituent services and a hyper-focus on the issues that matter. She has inspired dozens of trans people to run for office across the country, and each victory is certain to inspire more.”
State legislator Dawn Adams, who is openly lesbian, was also re-elected to a third term in the Virginia House of Delegates after winning her race with 53% of the votes. She ran against Republican candidate Mark Earley Jr. in District 68.
Mark Sickles, an openly gay legislator for 18 years, was also re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He won his race fairly easily with 72.8% of votes in District 43 over Republican candidate Brenton Hammond.
Congratulations to all three winners! These victories will likely inspire other LGBTQ people across America to run for office as well. Meanwhile, other openly queer candidates were also elected this year like Rebecca Maurer, who became Cleveland’s first LGBTQ council member.