Human Rights Campaign Endorses Delegate Danica Roem for Virginia State Senate

by HRC Staff

Richmond, Virginia – Today, the Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes (HRC Equality Votes) announced its endorsement of Delegate Danica Roem for the Virginia State Senate. Delegate Roem was the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly, and was the first openly transgender person to be elected and re-elected in any U.S. state legislature. If victorious this November, Roem would become the second openly transgender state senator elected anywhere in the U.S.

HRC Equality Votes is committed to engaging our volunteers, members and supporters to mobilize the more than 1.5 million Equality Voters in Virginia in support of candidates who will fight to protect democracy and equality for all Virginians.

Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson released the following statement:

“Delegate Roem has been an absolute champion for the LGBTQ+ community in Virginia and across our country. She is a staunch advocate for pro-equality legislation, including for LGBTQ+ rights, abortion rights, and voting rights. As extremist lawmakers in state legislatures across our country attack the LGBTQ+ community and particularly transgender people, we need leaders like Roem who fight for their constituents even in the face of political pushback. Virginians deserve someone who will advance their rights, not strip them away. They deserve a leader who will relentlessly push Virginia toward progress, not drag the state back to the 1950s. They deserve a leader like Delegate Roem.”

Delegate Danica Roem released the following statement:

"I’m so grateful to be endorsed by HRC for the fourth campaign in a row. I’m excited to continue to make Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth every day."

Delegate Roem’s Pro-Equality Record

Delegate Roem is a well-respected and successful legislator who serves all of her constituents. She has voted to create safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environments for students by prohibiting discrimination based on LGBTQ+ status, hairstyles, religious head coverings and clothing, and more.

In 2020, Virginia passed a bill introduced by Delegate Roem to end discrimination against transgender Virginians in health insurance. That bill was one of about two dozen passed to take care of LGBTQ+ Virginians in 2020-2021. She has consistently pushed back against legislative attempts to interfere with Virginians having their health care needs covered and accessible, including ensuring reproductive freedom, transition-related care, IVF care or access to safe, and legal abortion.

HRC’s Commitment to Virginia

Equality Voters, including the more than 1.5 million in Virginia, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties. Across the country, HRC Equality Votes works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people.

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