Danica Roem

Transgender Rights Align with Conservative Values

The current administration has made it a priority to roll back the few advances that transgender people have made in civil rights, as if transgender …

LGBTQ

Ellen & Demi Lovato didn’t straightwash it when they played ‘Who’d You Rather?’

Singer Demi Lovato “came out” as bisexual in her documentary <i>Simply Complicated</i> after years of refusing to label her sexuality. Now that’s she’s …

LGBTQ

Why Women's March organizers are turning their attention to Nevada this year

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The day after President Donald Trump's Inauguration, a sea of people clad in pink hats walked toward the Capitol in Washington DC, setting the stage for a nationwide Women's March movement.<p>One year later, Women's March organizers are heading West -- to Las Vegas, to be exact -- …

Justice

Va. Senate committee kills LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill

A Virginia Senate committee on Jan. 15, 2018, killed a bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s hate crimes …

LGBTQ

Gay Agenda, Jan. 15: Kylie Minogue Teases New Music; Plus Troye Sivan, Soju & More

<i>Gay Agenda is a column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab things at the start of each week. Between new tracks, music videos and pop</i> …

Music

Chelsea Manning Just Filed to Run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning ​just made a major power move and filed to run as a democrat for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. If she wins, Manning will be the first …

Offbeat News

Danica Roem comes to Richmond

Virginia state Del. <b>Danica Roem</b> (D-Manassas) attends her first session in office in Richmond, Va., on Jan.<br>10, 2018. (Washington Blade photo by Michael …

LGBTQ

Women hit a record high in Virginia legislature. Can they break the boys’ club?

RICHMOND — Newly minted Del. Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) sat in the House of Delegates, nursing her 1-year-old daughter in the storied chamber long dominated by men.<p>In the row ahead of her, fellow newcomer Del. Hala Ayala (D-Prince William) sported a purse-shaped American flag lapel pin and a bracelet …

U.S. Politics

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 11

1. Human Rights Campaign has released its annual State Equality Index, which ranks the states on LGBT issues based on 2017 legislation. Georgia was …

LGBTQ

Danica Roem sworn into office as Virginia’s first openly transgender lawmaker

RICHMOND — The bill she was filing was due at 10 a.m., two hours before <b></b>Danica Roem would be sworn in Wednesday as Virginia’s first openly transgender state lawmaker.<p>The newcomer from Prince William County had made a procedural error earlier in the week, when she tried to assign a ­commuter-rail …

U.S. Politics

Danica Roem sworn in

Virginia state Del. <b>Danica Roem</b> (D-Manassas) was sworn in on Jan. 10, 2018. She is the first openly transgender person ever seated in a state …

LGBTQ

Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani Wants You to Be OK with Imperfection

This lawyer and activist is showing young women how to master computer science through her nonprofit, Girls Who Code<p><i>This article originally appeared</i> …

Gender

Danica Roem sworn in as first trans state representative in the US

Danica Roem has been sworn in as the first out state representative in the US, and the first to sit in the Virginia House of Delegates.Roem back in …

LGBTQ

Virginia House LGBTQ caucus doubles as Danica Roem and Dawn Adams sworn in

Delegates become first transgender and first lesbian lawmakers to serve in the Virginia General AssemblyThe post Virginia House LGBTQ caucus doubles …

LGBTQ

Why LGBT Elders Aren't Sweating the Trump Years

As we barrel into the first days of 2018, it’s probably no surprise that many of us couldn’t wait to say “good riddance” to 2017. What was that …

LGBTQ

Newly diverse Virginia House convenes for its first day

The Virginia General Assembly convened its 2018 session Wednesday with a host of new faces in the House of Delegates and pledges of bipartisanship …

Business

Landmark ruling recognizes marriage, trans rights in the Americas

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Jan. 9, 2018, issued a landmark ruling that said Costa Rica and 19 other countries in the Western …

Equality

The Democrats: Exorcizing Ghosts and Looking Forward

AP Photo/Steve Helber, File<p>Then-candidate for the Virigina House of Delegates Danica Roem canvassing in Manassas<p><i>This article appears in the Winter</i> …

Liberal View

Danica Roem Talks Serving Under Trump, Thrash Metal, and How to Win Local Elections

The new Virginia delegate talks fast and has no time for nonsense.<p>Democrats didn’t have much to celebrate in 2017. Republicans have been blindly confirming every inept flunky Trump nominates to any position, and they successfully passed the most aggressively anti-working-class tax reform in …

Elections