Trans lawmaker Danica Roem gets powerful words of Equal Rights Amendment tattooed on her arm

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01/31/2020

Trans lawmaker Danica Roem has had the first 24 words of the Equal Rights Amendment tattooed onto her arm in a powerful statement on gender equality. Roem – who became the first openly trans person elected to the Virginia Assembly in 2017 – shared a photo of herself getting the tattoo on Twitter. The tattoo reads: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Roem got the tattoo on Sunday, the night before Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment. Roem always wanted to “get ink done,” she told the Washington Post. “To get this done the day before we cast the final vote, that’s a very special moment that will outlive my time in public office,” she said.

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