09/14/2017 11:13 am ET

Inside Danica Roem's Historic Campaign As A Transgender Woman In Trump's America

The Democratic candidate for Virginia's 13th district isn't running to rebuke Donald Trump. But given his anti-trans agenda, her victory would be that much sweeter.

We’re both still sweating, wiping our foreheads and noses and chins after a blistering heated yoga class, but Danica Roem doesn’t want to shower just yet. Arms crossed, she leans against the wall outside the women’s locker room at a yoga studio in northern Virginia, waiting until it’s empty before she heads in to strip off her drenched black top and gray and white workout pants. “I take long showers,” she tells me. “I always was the last person to take a shower.”

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