Delegate Danica Roem might have made history by becoming the first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature, but people here in Virginia know she’s more likely to talk to you about transportation issues than her gender identity. Her ability to focus in on wonky issues instead of the glamorous ones is why so many of her constituents speak highly of her, even if they don’t agree with all of her positions on national issues.
So while it’s not surprising that she’s now responding to the Trump Administration’s plans to erase the transgender community in the eyes of the federal government, it is out of the norm for her to be making public statements that could draw attention to her gender identity. It should also be noted, however, that she’s also made sure to talk about how this impacts the larger community and illustrates the need to hold public officials accountable.
“Singling out and stigmatizing your transgender constituents isn’t just the antithesis of constituent service; it’s dangerous and gets us killed,” Danica tweeted. “I shouldn’t have to have more faith in Lambda Legal than the POTUS to prevent this horror show but here we are.”
“When politicians try to take your civil rights away, you take their seats away and demonstrate inclusive constituent service,” Delegate Danica Roem added in another tweet. “When appointed officials try to take your rights away, you defeat them in court and their allies at the ballot box and replace them with public servants.”
Other politicians in Virginia have been echoing that sentiment. In Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, Jennifer Wexton has been talking about how being a check on the Trump Administration is one of the reasons voters should send her to Congress. She realizes this is a prime example of where we need leaders who will stand up for basic decency.
“This is a cruel policy and another attempt from this administration to take our country backwards,” Wexton tweeted. “We need to elect a pro-equality Congress this November to stop these attacks.”
While her support for equality is just one of the reasons to support her campaign, but it’s noteworthy that yesterday happened to be one of the days Danica was out hitting the campaign trail for Wexton. She helped kick off a canvass in Manassas Park where volunteers were out talking about the upcoming election.
Other Virginia politicians like Delegate John Bell have put out statements saying they “stand with Danica in the fight against discrimination.” The House Democratic Caucus here in Virginia also tweeted out remarks expressing support and a bunch of grassroots leaders joined the call for equality. So while nobody likes reading that the Trump Administration is creating policy that will allow discrimination, it was good to see so many people combat this news by standing up for basic civil rights.