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First transgender elected official in Virginia lauded as trailblazer

WASHINGTON: A 33-year-old transgender Democrat was being lauded as a pioneer on Wednesday after she won a seat in the Virginia state legislature against a Republican incumbent who openly boasted of being a "homophobe." "Discrimination is a disqualifier and the message of inclusion is a winning message," Danica Roem — a former local newspaper reporter and singer in a heavy metal band — told AFP. "It's humbling and I know I have a big responsibility right now — get results," Roem said in a telephone interview following…