Election Results From Tuesday Include Huge Wins For Transgender Rights

By on November 8, 2017
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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.