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In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates 13th district seat Danica Roem brings campaign signs as she greets voters while canvasing a neighborhood in Manassas, Va.
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Trans Candidates Danica Roem and Andrea Jenkins Made Herstory Last Night

On Tuesday, as Americans across the country took to the polls to vote for their mayors, city councilors, and other representatives, the big winners were equality and inclusivity. 

Virginians elected their first-ever transgender state representative, Danica Roem, who ran against a vehemently anti-LGBTQ candidate who supported a so-called “Bathroom Bill” that would have discriminated against transgender individuals.

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Hours later, Minnesotans elected the first-ever African American transgender state rep, Andrea Jenkins. 

Andrea-Jenkins.jpgImage: Andrea Jenkins for Ward 8 / Facebook

Montanans elected a former Liberian refugee as mayor, New Jerseyans voted in the state’s first Sikh mayor, and Virginians tapped two Latina women as state representatives.

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Global Citizen has profiled both Roem and Jenkins as part of our Who Run the Gov? Girls! series. Global Citizen also campaigns for the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including goal five on gender equality. You can take action here

Here are some of the best reactions from across the internet on last night’s historic election: 

History made tonight! #DanicaRoem has just become the first openly transgender legislator in U.S. history.

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