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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Phillipe Cunningham first trans man elected to U.S. public office

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Building on a night of historic firsts for transgender people, Phillipe Cunningham made history Tuesday night in Minnesota by becoming the first openly transgender man elected to public office anywhere in the United States.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cunningham won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council by beating out the incumbent Bara Johnson of Ward 4 by a margin of a fewer than 200 votes. The certification of the results was delayed until the day after Election Day because the results were so close and yet to be final.

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