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Video: On MSNBC, VA Del. Danica Roem Says “This is an all hands on deck, we have to win everywhere, at every level of government”

"I am here to tell you that you have to be your best advocate, you have to step up and you have to get engaged."

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See below for video and highlights from Del. Danica Roem’s appearance this morning on MSNBC to discuss the current state of LGBTQ+ rights in America:

  • “One of the first things I want to mention is here in Virginia, we are still protecting our trans constituents, we are still protecting those trans kids, despite the fact that the Republican majority in the House of Delegates filed bills this year to attack them.”
  • “I hope everyone there, every person watching at home understands the severity of grabbing a clipboard and getting out to actually help elect people who support the Equality Act, who support inclusivity, at your local and state levels right now, and unseat the very people who are trying to take other people’s civil rights away.”
  • Could Republicans ban abortion Virginia? “Oh, that’s going to be the goal of the Republican Party of Virginia, there’s no question. And so right now as I’m speaking to you, and for the remainder of this year…abortion in the first two trimesters remains legal in Virginia. And the talking point they are trying to use, with their 15-week ban right now, is they’re trying to say, oh well we are trying to reduce, everyone wants fewer numbers of abortions in Virginia. You know what the direct consequence of the Supreme Court decision is? There is going to be an exponential increase in the number of abortions performed in Virginia as people from Kentucky and other states start to come into Virginia.”
  • “And this is why LGBTQ people have to care about what happened on Friday, this also affects non-binary people…Justice Thomas laid out the marching orders to take away further civil rights from LGBTQ people. This is an all hands on deck, we have to win everywhere, at every level of government. We have to start doing it this year, right now. And next year, when all 40 State Senate seats are up in Virginia, and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up, I am asking y’all to please come help us out…”
  • What I would say to those young LGBTQ people who are seeing their civil rights being attacked right now is, I know exactly what you are going through.  As a trans woman who grew up here in the South – the district I represent right now  has the first battle of the Civil War in Manassas National Battlefield Par right here in it… I understand what it’s like seeing legislators at the local and state level attack my civil  rights.  My predecessor, who was elected 13 times over 26 years, he carried the constitutional amendment that banned marriage equality, put in the bathroom bill among a slew of other anti-LGBTQ bills. But his real claim of fame at the time was being the most anti-abortion legislator, not just in the  South, but in the entire country. And in 2017, I stepped up and we did the impossible – we won. And since we won, I’ve now had 32 of my bills signed into law. I am here to tell you that you have to be your best advocate, you have to step up and you have to get engaged.”

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