New Dem Lawmaker Proudly Hangs Transgender Flag Outside Office On Capitol Hill

Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton (Va.) proudly placed a transgender flag outside of her office on Capitol Hill next to the Virginia flag on the day of her swearing-in ceremony Thursday.

Narissa Rahaman, a regional field organizer at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), shared a photo of the trans flag outside of Wexton’s new office.

“This moment truly brought me to tears and it deserves to stand on its own,” wrote Rahaman.

“We walked up to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s office and the first thing I saw was the trans flag proudly and openly displayed next to the Virginia flag. The congresswoman said to me, ‘Did you see the flag?! I think we’re the only office on the Hill with one,’” Rahaman wrote.

“Thank you to everyone who knocked a door and made a phone call on this campaign. This flag is there because of you and for you! My heart is full,” she added.

Wexton, a former member of the Virginia General Assembly, fought for state legislation to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people and their families, the HRC said in a statement.

Wexton also supported bills to expand the Virginia’s hate crimes statue to include crimes against the LGBTQ community.

“Jennifer Wexton is a proven leader who will stand up in the U.S. Congress for Virginia’s working families and help pull the emergency brakes on the Trump-Pence administration’s reckless agenda,” JoDee Winterhof, HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs, said in a statement.