Virginia native Danica Roem is running for a seat in her state’s House of Delegates. Should she emerge victorious from the June 13 Democratic primary, the 32-year-old would challenge longtime Republican incumbent Bob Marshall to represent Virginia’s 13th district and become the first openly transgender representative in the chamber. A win in the general

election would also make Roem the third openly transgender state legislator to ever hold office in the U.S., and one of only a few openly trans elected officials in the world. “There is no reason why a transgender person should feel disqualified from office because of who they are,” Roem told NBC Out. “Transgender people have as much right to bring their public policy ideas to the table as much as anyone else.”  READ MORE