Wins for trans candidates seen as nationwide clarion call

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: From left, Virginia Delegate-elect Danica Roem (D-Prince William), Erie School Board Member-elect Tyler Titus, Minneapolis City Council Member-elect Andrea Jenkins and Palm Springs City Council Member-elect Lisa Middleton. (Roem and Jenkins photos courtesy of respective campaigns; Titus and Middleton photos courtesy Facebook)

The historic wins by transgender candidates on Tuesday are being widely interpreted to have nationwide implications, although LGBT political observers have different takes on what those conclusions are.

The most high-profile win Tuesday night was transgender journalist Danica Roem’s victory in Virginia over Del. Bob Marshall, who has a decades-long history of anti-LGBT views and this year introduced a bill that would have banned transgender people from using public restrooms consistent with their gender identity. She’ll be the first openly transgender person elected and seated to a state legislator in the history of the United States.

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Roem defeats Marshall in Va. House of Delegates race

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE:  Virginia state Del.-elect Danica Roem (D-Manassas) speaks to supporters in Lake Ridge, Va., on Nov. 7, 2017, after she ousted state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) by a nearly double-digit margin. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Danica Roem on Tuesday soundly defeated Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) in a race that garnered national attention.

With 100 percent of precincts in the 13th District reporting, Roem defeated Marshall by a 54-45 percent margin.

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Trans candidate Andrea Jenkins wins historic election in Minneapolis

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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In a general night of good news for transgender candidates, Andrea Jenkins has won election to a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, making her the first transgender candidate to win election to city council in a major U.S. city.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jenkins obtained 73.1 percent of the vote as first choice in the ranked-choice contest to represent Ward 8 on the City Council. She obtained a supermajority of the vote for first vote with three other candidates in the race.

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University of Minnesota captures transgender experiences

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The University of Minnesota has published the first batch of videos in a project aimed at capturing the stories of transgender people in the Midwest.

University oral historian Andrea Jenkins has recorded interviews with 119 transgender people, discussing how they came to find their gender identity as well as broader issues affecting their community, the Pioneer Press reported.

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