- Most Americans Put Blame On Republicans And Trump If Government Shuts Down
- Trump Lawyer Used Fake Company, Names to Pay Stormy Daniels
- Graham: ‘I Know What Was Said’
- Celebrities Blame Trump For Hawaii Missile Scare
- Trump’s First Year As President Resulted In Less Jobs Created Than Obama’s Last Year
- Trump Campaign Aide Spoke Of Possible Russia Collusion During Drunken Conversation
- Trump Lawyers Will Cast Flynn as a Liar
- Sanders: Republicans Should Be Worried About 2018
- Mueller Expanding Probe to RNC
- Obama, Clinton Top List As Most Admired Man, Woman
Election Results From Tuesday Include Huge Wins For Transgender Rights
Tuesday’s big election wins for Democrats should be read with a certain grain of salt. While historic, and possibly a bellwether for future campaigns within President Donald Trump’s short tenure so far, groundwork will still be key in the months and years ahead. In other words, Democrats shouldn’t get ahead of themselves, and assume last night’s wins automatically mean that Congress is theirs to win next fall.
Still, last night’s historic wins shouldn’t be dismissed. Specifically, history was made for transgender rights, as advocates and allies won elections across the nation – including two very important races where transgender women won office themselves.
Andrea Jenkins became the first openly trans woman of color to win an election anywhere in the United States. She won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, winning decisively with 73 percent of the vote. She plans to advocate for a $15 minimum wage as well as affordable housing, according to the Hill.
Danica Roem also made history last night, becoming the first transgender candidate in the U.S. to win office to a state legislature seat. Roem defeated Virginia Delagate Bob Marshall, a Republican who had authored an anti-transgender bill that would have limited where individuals could use restrooms. Roem’s victory signals that individuals in her district did not support such legislation, but she also campaigned on issues not dealing with her identity, including jobs, improving schools, and fixing roadways in her district.
Roem did recognize the significance of her victory, stating that, “If you have god policy ideas, if you’re qualified for office, you have every right to bring your ideas to the table.”
The fight for LGBTQ acceptance still has a long road to travel. Bigotry and refusal to recognize the rights of these individuals is still a plague that haunts much of this nation. But on Tuesday, transgender advocates made their voices heard, and proved that they could win decisive victories in important elections.