June 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
LGBT Va. Democrats honor Northam, Roem

Danica Roem, gay news, Washington Blade

The LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia on June 17 honored Danica Roem is a transgender journalist who is challenging Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) (Photo courtesy of Danica Roem)

Lieutenant Gov. Ralph Northam and Danica Roem are among those who the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia honored on Saturday at their meeting in Richmond.

The meeting coincided with the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner that took place at the Richmond Marriott.

Northam on June 13 defeated former Congressman Tom Perriello in the Democratic primary to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie will face off against Northam in the general election.

Roem defeated Brentsville Magisterial District Democratic Committee Chair Mansimran Kahlon, Steven Jansen and Andrew Adams in the Democratic primary for the House of Delegates District 13 that includes Manassas Park and portions of Prince William County. The transgender journalist will face off against state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) — who is among the most vocal opponents of LGBT rights in the Virginia General Assembly — in November.

The LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia also honored state House of Delegates candidates Ben Hixon, Dawn Adams, Rebecca Colaw and Kelly DeLucia, Chelsea Savage, a nurse who unsuccessfully challenged state Del. John O’Bannon (R-Henrico County) earlier this year, was also honored.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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