Over 80 LGBTQ candidates win their race in this year’s elections bringing a ‘Rainbow Wave’

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A “rainbow wave” swept across the United States during elections Nov. 5 as 81 openly LGBTQ candidates won in political races across the country.

LGBTQ Victory Fund, an organization dedicated to ensuring the victories of openly LGBTQ candidates who can further equality, came out with a report documenting all of the election results.

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Roem defeats Republican challenger

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) speaks to supporters following her re-election. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) on Nov. 5 defeated Republican challenger Kelly McGinn. Roem defeated McGinn by 57-43 percent margin.

Roem — a former journalist who has represented the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2018 — is the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the U.S. Roem is the first openly trans state legislator re-elected.

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Democrats regain control of Virginia General Assembly

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The Virginia State Capitol building. (Photo by Michael Key)

Democrats regained control of the Virginia General Assembly on Nov. 5. The first time since the 1990s.

Democrats gained six seats in the House of Delegates and two seats in the state Senate. The results in Virginia are widely seen as a referendum on President Trump heading into the 2020 election.

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1st openly trans state legislator in US emphasizes record ahead of Virginia elections

By : Philip Van Slooten of the Washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) will face off against Republican Kelly McGinn in next week’s General Assembly elections. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) is among those who are on the ballot in next week’s crucial General Assembly elections.

Roem, a former journalist, in 2017 defeated Bob Marshall, an anti-LGBTQ Republican who had represented the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1992. Roem is the first openly trans person seated in any state legislature in the U.S.

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HRC officially announces ‘six-figure’ investment in Va. General Assembly races

By : Michael K. Lavers of the washington blade, courtesy of the national lgbt media association
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ABOVE: Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), left, speaks with a group of students at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va., on March 28, 2019. The Manassas Democrat is among the 27 Virginia lawmakers and candidates who the Human Rights Campaign has endorsed ahead of November’s general election. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The Human Rights Campaign on Aug. 15 officially announced plans to help Democrats regain control of the Virginia General Assembly this year.

HRC President Alphonso David at Diversity Richmond, a Richmond-based LGBT advocacy group, said his organization has endorsed 27 Democrats who are either running for re-election or seeking to unseat incumbent Republicans. HRC this week also said it will mobilize its supporters with digital ads and mailings and hire field organizers.

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Danica Roem uses spotlight to boost other Virginia Democrats

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | When Del. Danica A. Roem sought in 2017 to become the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, the Republican Party of Virginia funded a political flier that referred to her as a man and speculated that she would teach “transgenderism” to kindergartners.

This year, the GOP rushed to Roem’s defense after an anti-LGBTQ group mounted a demonstration against her presence in Richmond.

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Annual Equality Virginia dinner raises more than $250K

By : James Wellemeyer of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Equality Virginia held its 16th annual Commonwealth Dinner at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Saturday.

The event raised more than $250,000 for the Virginia LGBT advocacy group, according to Executive Director James Parrish.

Among the attendees were state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the country, and freshman Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger. Thirty lawmakers attended the event in total.

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Kazoos, chants drown out Westboro Church’s message of hate

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | Randy Blythe of Richmond’s heavy metal band Lamb of God met demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church at the Virginia Capitol on March 11 with an unlikely weapon: kazoos.

Armed with colorful plastic instruments, Blythe and more than 100 other counterprotesters drowned out the six WBC members with a cacophony of chaotic noise.

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Va. House approves pro-LGBT surrogacy bill

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Feb. 20 to make the state’s surrogacy laws gender-neutral.

Introduced by state Del. Richard Sullivan (D-Fairfax County), the bill, House Bill 1979, removes the terms “husband and “wife” from the laws. The measure also permits someone who is not married to be “an intended parent.”

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Trans state representatives-elect reflect on historic elections

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The three openly transgender women who were elected to their respective state legislatures earlier this month each spoke about their historic elections with the Washington Blade on Nov. 19.

New Hampshire state Rep.-elect Gerri Cannon finished second in Stafford County District 18, which includes most of the city of Somersworth and the neighboring town of Rollinsford. She was elected to the Somersworth School Board in 2017.

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Transgender Colo. House candidate declares victory

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender woman declared victory in her race for the Colorado House of Representatives Nov. 10.

Media reports indicate Brianna Titone has nearly 400 more votes than her Republican opponent, Vicki Pyne, in the race to represent the state’s House District 27, which includes the Denver suburb of Arvada.

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Two transgender women elected to N.H. House

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Two openly transgender women were elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Nov 6.

Gerri Cannon finished second in the Stafford County District 18, which includes the city of Somersworth, with 21 percent of the vote. Lisa Bunker will represent Rockingham County District 18, which includes the city of Exeter.

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