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First Openly Transgender Woman Of Color Elected To Public Office In US

Minneapolis City Council candidate Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender woman of color elected to public office in the United States after winning her race Tuesday night, The Advocate reported.

Jenkins was previously a policy aide to the council’s Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, and her campaign priorities included affordable housing and raising the minimum wage, according to The Advocate.

Her victory followed another historic election result Tuesday night as Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem (D) defeated incumbent Robert Marshall (R) to become Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official.

Roem’s win in Virginia’s 13th District marks the first election of an openly transgender person in a state legislature.

Marshall, who referred to himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe,” refused to publicly debate Roem. Ads by Marshall’s campaign also referred to Roem by her birth gender.

LGBTQ advocates hailed Roem’s victory on Tuesday evening, with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) calling it “a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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