Danica Roem the first openly transgender legislator prefilled HJ 85, last June which would designate November 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance in Virginia. The Virginia House of Delegates passed HJ 85 Wednesday by 58Y 23N.
The Bill is now in committee in the Senate and is expected to come to a floor vote.
My resolution for Virginia to recognize November 20 each year as the Transgender Day of Remembrance just passed the House of Delegates 58-23.
The vote tally speaks for itself.#TDORhttps://t.co/WzbG6cFOz9 pic.twitter.com/04r5uc0HkK
— Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) January 29, 2020
There is no understating the value of HJ 85. Virginia, formally governed by conservatives is on the cusp of social transition. By officially recognizing the TDoR Virginians will validate the existence and tragically the murder of transgender Americans.
Some opponents of the ERA say that wording is actually its weak point because of changing interpretations of gender and sexual identity.
“Without a shared understanding of sex, an amendment that does not contain the word ‘woman’ is going to be interpreted in a very vague way,” said Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia. She spoke at an anti-ERA press conference in early January, but opponents couldn’t counter the push from newly empowered Democrats, who voted to ratify the amendment.