Newly appointed congresswoman, Jennifer Wexton, has hung a trans flag outside her new office on Capitol Hill.
The Democratic representative for Virginia proudly displayed the flag in a show of solidarity to those close to her.
Wexton is the aunt of a transgender child, so the move was a very personal one, and we love her for it.
Hanging trans flag was act of solidarity
‘The trans community has been under attack,’ Wexton told the Washingtonian. ‘I wanted to show my solidarity because we are talking about my friends and family.’
Narissa Rahaman, of the Human Rights Campaign tweeted a photo of the flag outside Wexton’s office.
‘The trans flag is proudly & openly displayed next to the Virginia flag outside @RepWexton’s new office!’ She tweeted. ‘She said to me, “Did you see the flag?! I think we’re the only office on the Hill with one.” To all her volunteers: the flag is there because of you & for you! Change is here!’
The trans flag is proudly & openly displayed next to the Virginia flag outside @RepWexton’s new office! She said to me, “Did you see the flag?! I think we’re the only office on the Hill with one.” To all her volunteers: the flag is there because of you & for you! Change is here! pic.twitter.com/s0iGgoxOgH
— Narissa Rahaman (@MayorBrown) January 3, 2019
Wexton has been a consistent proponent of equal rights while serving in the Virginia senate, the Washingtonian reported. While there, the state senate passed two pro-LGBT pieces of legislation that protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination.
Hoisting the trans flag outside her office door was one the congresswoman’s first orders of business after taking office.
Trans flag is a sign of defiance to Trump
‘From the military to schools to hospitals, the Trump-Pence White House is working overtime in an attempt to erase trans people from the public square,’ Human Rights Campaign spokesperson Charlotte Clymer told the Washingtonian.
‘The trans flag proudly on display in the Halls of Congress is a sign to our community that we will not be erased.’
2019 has started on a strong note for the LGBTI community where US politics are concerned. As reported by GayStarNews on Thursday, a record number of LGBTI representatives were sworn into office in Washington.