Meet the 8 transgender candidates who won elections on Tuesday

Phillipe Cunningham, center, poses with supporters at a pride celebration in June. CREDIT: Facebook/Phillipe Cunningham

Danica Roem’s election to the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday was a big win, as she will become the first openly transgender woman to take state office.

But Tuesday’s election was a far bigger win for transgender candidates than most tallies have accounted for. Based on local reports from across the country, ThinkProgress has identified at least eight openly trans candidates who won their races this week.

Many states are still expected to consider anti-trans legislation in 2018, but Tuesday’s victories demonstrate how quickly transgender visibility and acceptance is accelerating across the country.