LGBTQ State Legislative Candidates in an Era of Backlash Article (Web of Science)


  • In 2017, transgender woman Danica Roem stunned political observers in Virginia by unseating a long-time anti-LGBTQ legislator from a conservative district in the Virginia House of Delegates.1 She was the first openly transgender person elected and seated to a state legislature. Delegate Roem’s election was historic in LGBTQ political representation, but it also occurred in a period when backlash against the LGBTQ community seemed to be growing (Taylor, Lewis, and Haider-Markel 2018). These two threads led us to ask: How are LGBTQ candidates achieving historic successes even as forces seem mobilized against them?


  • Haider-Markel, Donald P.
  • Gauding, Patrick
  • Flores, Andrew
  • Lewis, Daniel C.
  • Miller, Patrick R.
  • Tadlock, Barry
  • Taylor, Jami K

publication date

  • 2020

published in

number of pages

  • 6

start page

  • 453

end page

  • 459


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