Representative, Jennifer Wexton made a statement by hanging a Transgender Pride Flag outside her Capitol Hill Office.
Newly-elected Virginia congresswoman Jennifer Wexton is showing solidarity with the LGBTQ community. She made a powerful statement by hanging a transgender pride flag alongside the official Virginia flag outside her D.C. office.
Narissa Rahaman, a regional field organizer for the Human Rights Campaign, took to Twitter to share an image of the flag on Thursday. In her tweet, she pointed out that it the only office on the Hill with one.
She went on to say that Wexton told her the flag is there to show her support of the LGBTQ community. It is also a symbol of their support for her.
“Did you see the flag?! I think we’re the only office on the Hill with one.” said Wexton to Rahman
The congresswoman is the aunt of a transgender child. She had revealed that she raised the flag in front of her office as a show of solidarity and support for the transgender community.
“The trans community has been under attack,” she said in a statement adding, “I wanted to show my solidarity because we are talking about my friends and family.”
Wexton represents Virginia’s 10th District. She is a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community especially during her time in Virginia’s General Assembly.
Her support grew and she eventually unseated incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock during the midterms, As a result, she joined the 116th Congress, which has a record number of women and has been recorded as the most diverse Congress in history.
Danica Roem was the first openly transgender woman to be elected to the Virginia state legislature. She took the opportunity to thank Wexton for the supportive gesture.
"Thank you, Rep. @JenniferWexton. I’m proud to call you my congresswoman." tweeted Roem.
"Representative Wexton has set a clear model of love and acceptance by supporting transgender people not just in the halls of Congress, but in her own family. By displaying the transgender pride flag at her office, Rep. Wexton is clearly signaling that the equality of all people should be an indispensable value for legislators and families across the country." said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
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