Transgender Candidate Danica Roem Defeats Man Who Wrote Transgender Bathroom Ban Bill
Last night was full of surprises, with Democrats winning multiple governorships and flipping 14 seats in the Virginia House, with five still too close to call.
One of these newly elected lawmakers is Danica Roem, a transgender woman and former journalist. Roem, 33, ousted House of Delegates Republican Bob Marshall, nicknamed “Bigot Bob” by Virginia progressives. Marshall, 73, is most famous for being the author of the state’s infamous transgender “bathroom bill,” which sought to regulate public restrooms.
Incumbent Marshall has been serving in the state’s 13th district for the past 26 years, making Roem’s victory even more historic. Marshall also ran a fairly despicable campaign, consistently misgendering Roem and even refusing to even debate her. He’s also referred to himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe.”
“Why do you call Danica a female?” he asked a local newspaper. “Did Danica’s DNA change?”
So, who is Danica Roem? In addition to being a working a journalist, she moonlights as the singer in a heavy metal band. Yeah. A transgender heavy metal singer defeated the author of Virginia’s anti-trans bathroom bill. If this was in a film script it would be nixed by an editor as being too unbelievable. Ain’t life grand?
She also dropped some classy-ass shade on Marshall after taking home the win. When a reporter went fishing for soundbites, Roem said “I don’t attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”
Amazingly, the 33-year-old isn’t the first transgender woman to make history last night.
Andrea Jenkins won a seat in the Minneapolis City Council, making her the first openly transgender person of color elected to public office. She won 70 percent of the vote.
These precedents were originally set in 1992, when trans woman Althea Garrison, a Republican at the time of the campaign, was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Garrison, who recently ran for a city council seat in Boston, was not openly transgender, and was outed by the Boston Herald just a few days after the campaign ended. She was defeated in a 1994 bid for re-election and has lost every election since.
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