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Video: On CNN, Del. Danica Roem Has a Message For Those Who Don’t Like Politics – “When you are an LGBTQ person, you have to care”

"You can't count on other people to be your best advocate. You have to step up."

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This morning on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Virginia Del. Danica Roem (D-HD13) had “a message to the younger people in the LGBTQ community who say they don’t like politics”:

  • “They were willing to look at me, they go ‘yeah we know she’s trans and she’ll do a great job.’ I never say ‘trans but,’ always ‘trans and,’ because it’s like, no, I don’t hide who I am, people know exactly who I am here.”
  • “If you know a trans person, you’re much more likely to support our civil rights. But because there are fewer of us, it makes it a harder conversation.”
  • “When you are an LGBTQ person in the United States, regardless of whether you care about politics, politics cares about you…If you’re not involved, if you are not your best advocate, you’re asking someone else to fill that void. Some of the people who will try to step up to fill that void are going to be political charlatans who have no interest in preserving your best interest. You can’t count on other people to be your best advocate. You have to step up.”

That last point is a crucial one, of course, and doesn’t just apply to LGBTQ people, but really to anyone…that you can claim to not care about politics, but ultimately politics is going to impact your life – for better or quite possibly for worse – so you really have to “care” and “step up.” Thanks to Danica Roem for doing just that, bettering so many people’s lives in the process!

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