If you’ve ever visited one of the House Office Buildings, you’ve probably noticed the flags outside Congressional offices. Most offices include the American flag and the flag of their home states, but some also add flags of something they truly believe in. As I’ve spent a fair amount of time up on Capitol Hill lobbying over the years, for I’ve seen several elected officials display military related flags. For the first time, however, it appears as though we have a Congresswoman proudly displaying the trans flag. And it just so happens to be my Congresswoman — Jennifer Wexton.
Throughout her campaign for Congress, I heard Wexton frequently speak about the need to fight for LGBT equality. She has a lot of connections to the LGBT community as a whole, but especially the trans community. Back when she was in college, for instance, she dated someone whose sibling came out as transgender. And she currently has a niece who’s trans. Combine this with her belief that everyone deserves basic civil rights and you can see why Rep. Wexton’s made the decision to display the flag.
As people were visiting the office’s of newly minted Members of Congress yesterday, Narissa Rahaman tweeted out that Wexton immediately asked her if she saw the flag. “Did you see the flag,” Wexton asked. “I think we’re the only office on the Hill with one.” It should be noted that Narissa works for the Human Rights Campaign as a regional field organizer and was extremely active in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.
As someone who lives in Wexton’s district, I can tell you this display of solidarity might seem small but says a lot to her constituents. Our last Member of Congress was bought and paid for by the NRA, would never hold town halls, and voted with Donald Trump 98 percent of the time — one of the highest percentages, even among Republicans. Now we have a Representative who’s actively showing she’s standing up for all of her constituents — not just those who can write big checks to her campaign.