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Democrat may become first openly transgender woman to serve as a state legislator

And her Republican opponent purposefully misgendered her.


Ana Valens


Posted on Jun 15, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 3:01 am CDT

Virginia journalist Danica Roem has officially been nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She’ll go up against noted Republican Bob Marshall in the Virginia general election. If Roem wins, she’ll become the first openly transgender state legislator to serve in the U.S.

Roem, who Vice’s Noisey describes as a “ball of kinetic energy, constantly gesticulating to prove a point,” has already made history as the first transgender woman to run for the Virginia House of Delegates. And her election chances look promising. Her district reportedly turned blue during the presidential election, voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016. And while incumbent Marshall has served 13 terms in the House of Delegates, his reputation for social conservatism and anti-LGBTQ politics may cost him the election in an area that’s increasingly concerned about the GOP’s stagnation.

It's after 4 a.m., so here are some morning-after thoughts:1) Thank you to the Democratic voters of the 13th District…

Posted by Danica Roem – Virginia Delegate on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

By contrast, Roem is focusing on problems that directly concern her constituents: improving state infrastructure, fixing Virginia’s Route 28, and passing bills as an active delegate. Meanwhile, in a statement to the Washington Post, Marshall misgendered Roem and doubled down on his conservative values, hinting at a caustic road ahead to the general election.

But Roem is emboldened, and she thinks a win against Marshall would send a powerful message across the U.S. for transgender rights.

“Let me make this really clear for you: When the people of the 13th District elect a transgender woman to replace the most anti-LGBT legislator in the South, it will be an act of certainty, and it will be a defining moment that will resonate across the country,” Roem said.

H/T The Slot

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*First Published: Jun 15, 2017, 9:57 am CDT