Rainbow Families

Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ Families in the DMV

Keynote Speakers & Opening Remarks

Danica Roem

Danica Roem will keynote at the 2018 Family Conference & Gathering. 

Danica Roem is the Delegate representing the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Danica is a 33 year old step-mom, lifelong resident of Manassas, and the former lead reporter of the Gainesville Times. She ran for office to bring a reporter's eye to Richmond and to speak truth to power.

Danica’s inspiring and transformative campaign gained national and international attention. Her victory was secured by sticking to the issues that matter most to her constituents, and never shying away from standing up for justice. As the first out transgender woman elected to a state legislature, Danica is blazing a new and unique trail.

During her first legislative session this year, she was proud to champion bills important to her constituents, and to help expand Medicaid to 400,000 people across the state of Virginia. She will continue to work every day to represent everyone in the 13th District.

Rich Madaleno

Rich Madaleno will keynote at the 2018 Family Confernece & Gathering.

Senator Rich Madaleno is one of the most influential leaders in Maryland politics today. Since his election in 2002, Rich has passed vital economic, education, environmental, and transportation legislation, and is recognized as the “go-to expert” on budget issues.

The first openly gay person elected to the Maryland House and Senate, Madaleno has been at the forefront of every LGBT policy victory in Maryland for twenty years. 

Rich is currently State Senator representing the 18th District in Maryland and is a Democratic gubernatorial candidate. If elected, Rich would be the first openly gay person elected Governor in the country.

Rich grew up in Silver Spring and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University. He and his husband, Mark, live in Kensington with their two children.

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