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Wexton Would be “Delighted” and “Honored” If Someone Portrayed Her In Drag. #Wexit2022 Makes More and More Sense

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) told the crowd at a recent Capital Pride brunch that she would be delighted if someone opted to portray her in drag.

“I don’t know if that tradition is going to continue, but this member of Congress would be honored if it did,” a beaming Wexton said to hoots and hollers from a rainbow-clad crew sipping mimosas.

The cheeky request was a lighthearted nod to what has become Wexton’s signature issue six months into her first term: ­LGBTQ rights, with an emphasis on the transgender community, which includes her niece.

The day she took office, Wexton became the first member of her class — and the second member ever — to display the trans flag outside her congressional office. She helped introduce a bill banning ­LGBTQ discrimination in housing.

Wexton’s embrace of trans issues comes as the Trump administration seeks to roll back their protections in the military, schools and elsewhere.

She called Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, “inept” and demanded his resignation last month after HUD announced it would allow federally funded shelters to refuse to admit homeless transgender people on religious grounds and force transgender women to use men’s bathrooms.

“This was not my intention, to be the patron saint of the transgender community,” Wexton said in an interview in her Capitol Hill office. “It just kind of worked out that way.”

The issue also sets her apart among the 67 freshman Democrats, 38 of whom are women, in a class defined by far-left members and centrists in red districts.

Wexton is neither; she defeated Republican Barbara Comstock by double digits in 2018, flipping a Northern Virginia district that had long been moving to the left because of an influx of young, diverse, well-educated families.

But her focus on transgender rights has irked some Republicans who say the issue affects few of her constituents but energizes the far left and appeals to donors as she prepares to seek a second term. Critics prefer she spend time on traffic, infrastructure and the cost of college.

“I get frustrated with the inordinate amount of time focused on those issues,” said Brian Schoeneman, a Republican from Fairfax who has written for conservative blogs. “I’m sure it looks good on a fundraising letter, but we look around, and we don’t see any changes.”

The bill to ban ­LGBTQ discrimination in housing was one of five pieces of legislation that Wexton has introduced since taking office in January. Two were connected to this year’s federal government shutdown, one was related to opioid research, and another — the only one to pass the House — would strengthen enforcement of laws against financial crimes.

Personal connection

A former prosecutor who grew up in Bethesda and is the mother of two boys, Wexton, 51, said she was aware of trans issues long before Caitlyn Jenner documented her transition on TV.

Wexton’s college boyfriend of about two years had a trans sister who transitioned in 1991, with the support of her family. “For us, it was no big deal,” she recalled.

More formative was her experience working after college as an administrative assistant at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, then a private clinic affiliated with Bethesda Naval Hospital that treated HIV and AIDS patients.

“These were my friends, and these were people who were dying,” she said.

Over Christmas dinner three years ago, Wexton’s brother and sister-in-law announced to their family that their daughter was trans.

“We were all like, ‘okay,’ ” Wexton said of the family’s support for the now 19-year-old college student.

When Wexton began to speak about trans issues publicly, her niece quietly delivered a six-page primer intended to provide a basic education about a topic that can be complicated to discuss.

It included basic definitions and a warning about “things uninformed people say but should not,” such as questions about surgeries.

Any concern that Wexton might fumble evaporated on the first day of the new Congress when she displayed the striped light blue, pink and white transgender flag next to U.S. and Virginia flags outside her Capitol Hill office.

That will always set her apart, said Mara Keisling, founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Nobody asked her to do it. . . . It was instinctual.”

From Richmond to D.C.

Wexton says not much has changed about her ­LGBTQ activism since she was a state senator, but as a member of Congress, she can have a bigger impact.

In Richmond, she repeatedly sponsored a bill to prohibit ­LGBTQ discrimination in housing through the Senate, only to see it die in the socially conservative House of Delegates.

In a May 21 House Committee on Financial Services meeting featuring Carson, the HUD secretary, one line of questioning landed her on national television.

She asked whether he planned to eliminate the Equal Access Rule, which has barred federal housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity since 2012.

“I’m not currently anticipating changing the rule,” he said.

The next day, HUD proposed a new rule that would allow shelters to deny people admission on religious grounds or force transgender women to share bathrooms and sleeping quarters with men.

“He either lied to Congress or has no idea what policies his agency is pursuing,” she tweeted, along with video of their exchange at the hearing. “Either way, it’s unacceptable.”

After the tweet, Carson called her office. He insisted that she misunderstood; she insisted he said plainly no changes were planned, according to Wexton. The call lasted five minutes.

“I don’t need to be mansplained to about what I said and about what he said because it’s all right there on the video,” she said later.

She called him “deceitful and inept” and said he should resign.

She also introduced a bill to block discrimination against transgender people who are homeless and seeking shelter, which has passed out of committee on a 33-to-26 vote.

A few days later, Wexton convened a meeting at Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church in Manassas to hear from trans activists, shelter directors and Del. Danica Roem (D-Prince William), the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker.

Eight women sat around a long table with Wexton at the head.

One said she was troubled by the administration’s attempts to reverse Obama-era protections: “It’s very demoralizing to see your own identity disappear. . . . It’s crazy. It’s like you’re being erased.”

Friends and critics

A photo of Wexton and Roem with raised fists, in homage to the iconic 1971 photo of feminists Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, leads Roem’s Twitter page.

Jeniffer Wexton on:

public Safety

Crime has vaulted near the top of voters’ concerns, just after the economy and inflation. According to Gallup, 80 percent of Americans worry “a great deal” or a “fair amount” about crime, the highest level in two decades.


Such fears pose yet another midterm election hurdle for Democrats, on top of public angst over soaring prices and President Biden’s dismal public approval ratings.


As a former prosecutor, substitute judge, legal advocate for children, state Senator, and as a legislator, Jennifer Wexton should be well aware that our society is a dangerous place. Wexton should understand that our children, the elderly, and everyone else in between needs to be protected from violent criminals and repeat offenders. She ignores this and advocates on their behalf with light sentences, “no cash bail”, Criminal Justice Reform, and Restorative Justice.


Do you recall the rape of a (15) year old girl in a Loudoun County High School bathroom in May 2021 by a transgendered student? If this wasn’t bad enough, “Criminal Justice Reform” allowed for the rapists sentenced to be reduced, removing him from the sexual assault registry and providing supervised probation. To make matters worse, the Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler IGNORED the federally mandated processes and procedures when incidents of this nature occur, and now Wexton is abolishing Title IX protections under HR5-Equality Act.


Jennifer Wexton got the ball rolling on the rapists lenient sentence by introducing Bill NO. 1082 in 2017, which passed (and she’s proud of it, see video during meeting with NAACP).

In 2019, Wexton proudly endorsed Buta Biberaj for Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney. Prior to being elected, Biberaj was the legal redress for the Loudoun NAACP; this is not an insignificant detail. Biberaj also belongs to the Virginia Progressive Prosecutors For Justice. The VPPFJ’s primary goal is “Criminal Justice Reform” or “Restorative Justice”.


Wexton, Biberaj are closely aligned Progressive ideologues and share questionable associations with a variety of organizations and people.

Who could forget the Black Lives Matter riots of 2020 over George Floyd. Wexton is so radical that she sponsored the “George Floyd Justice Policing Act” (defund the police) and the “Mental Health Justice Act” that allowed for increased funding for social workers that are meant to take the place of police officers around the country.


These are only a few examples of what Wexton and the Progressive Democrats “Criminal Justice Reform” and “Restorative Justice” look like for Public Safety:


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