Jennifer Wexton, a newly elected democratic representative from Virginia, started her term by hanging a trans pride flag outside of her office in Washington D.C.
As part of a long standing tradition, representatives can choose which flags they want to hang near the entrance of their office, but they usually display the American flag along with their state flag.
Wexton is the aunt to a transgender child, according to her chief of staff, Abby Carter. The new congresswoman wanted to make a bold statement on her first day in office about trans inclusion.
In an interview with NBC News, Wexton said the following:
“This is personal for me. We’re talking about my family and friends. I want everyone in the trans community to know that they are welcome and loved even in the face of this administration and its attacks on who they are.
“I didn’t think putting it up would be a big deal, but I’ve received a huge outpouring of support and appreciation from the LGBT community in the past two days. We’ve been receiving messages from across the country and they’ve been telling me how much it means to them to see that in the halls of Congress.”
Main Image Credit: Jennifer Wexton, NBC News