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House Democrat Hangs 'Trans Pride' Flag Outside Capitol office

Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton claims she received an outpouring of support for hanging fla

 on 5th January 2019 @ 11.00pm
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Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton claims she received an outpouring of support for hanging flag

Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton claims she received an outpouring of support after she hung a transgender pride flag outside her Capitol office.

Wexton, who was elected last November, hung the flag representing the transgender community in the Longworth House Office Building alongside an American flag and the Virginia state flag.

Traditionally, lawmakers display the American and state flags but can opt to choose what flags they want.

Wexton’s chief of staff, Abby Carter, said that the flag was a statement about trans inclusion, according to NBC News.

virginia rep  jennifer wexton  hung the trans flag at longworth house office building © press
Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton hung the trans flag at Longworth House Office Building

"This is personal for me. We're talking about my family and friends,” said Wexton, the aunt of a transgender child, in a statement.

"I want everyone in the trans community to know that they are welcome and loved even in the face of this administration and its attacks on who they are."

“I didn’t think to put it up would be a big deal, but I've received a huge outpouring of support and appreciation from the LGBT community in the past two days," she said.

According to Washingtonian Wexton has been a consistent proponent of equal rights while serving in the Virginia Senate.

While she was there, the state Senate passed two pro-LGBT pieces of legislation that protect gay and transgender residents from housing and public employment discrimination.

The Human Rights Campaign endorsed her both for state Senate and for her current office, which she won by defeating Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock. (Comstock, notably, voted against a GOP amendment that would ban transgender people from serving in the military.)

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