New Dem lawmaker hangs trans flag outside office on Capitol Hill

Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonThe Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Progressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats Congress needs to continue fighting the opioid epidemic MORE (D-Va.) placed a transgender flag outside of her office on Capitol Hill 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 displayed next to the Virginia flag outside of Wexton’s new office.

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Rahaman wrote on Facebook that the moment “truly brought me to tears.”

“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.

“The trans community has been under attack. I wanted to show my solidarity because we are talking about my friends and family," Wexton said in a statement to The Hill.

Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, endorsed Wexton’s campaign to unseat Republican Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockProgressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers GOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door MORE in June.

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. She also supported bills to expand the state’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. 

Updated at 4:51 p.m.