A trans woman could become the country’s first out trans state lawmaker after a major victory.
Danica Roem is the first trans person to win a Virginia state legislative primary. Roem won the Democratic primary for the Virginia House of Delegates’ 13th District. She has a chance now to become the country’s only out trans legislator.
But first, Roem must beat one of the nation’s most anti-LGBT lawmakers: Republican Bob Marshall, a 25-year incumbent.
Roem bested three other Democrats on Tuesday to win the Democratic primary. In November, she will have to edge out the man nicknamed “Bigot Bob” and “Sideshow Bob”.
“This is as serious as it gets,” Roem told The Advocate. “We have a chance to change the narrative.”
She knows she and her team are in for a fight.
“It feels like we need to knock on 20,000 doors over the next four months,” she said.
Wrote The Advocate:
The district is centered on Prince William County in northern Virginia, not far from Washington, D.C.
A journalist and lifelong resident of Manassas, the historic town that is Prince William County’s seat, Roem had the endorsement of Victory Fund, EMILY’s List, Equality Virginia, and several other organizations. She won the primary over businessman Mansimran Kahlon, former prosecutor Steven Jansen, and Army veteran Andrew Adams.
Describing Marshall, Mother Jones wrote the following:
Marshall, a delegate since
1992, was the author of the amendment that enshrined discrimination into the state’s constitution in 2006, by defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. And when he ran, unsuccessfully, for US Congress in 2014, he was described
by the Atlantic
as “basically the culture war’s four-star general”—a profile he continues to live up to. In January, he introduced
what LGBT advocates described as one of the most dangerous bathroom bills in the country; the proposed legislation would have mimicked other bathroom bills across in country in forcing people to use the bathroom corresponding to their sex assigned at birth, but it also went a step further, requiring schools to out students to their parents within 24 hours if they asked “to be recognized or treated as the opposite sex.” When far-right conservatives held a news conference calling on GOP leadership to hold an up or down vote on the matter, a transgender man asked where they thought he should go to the bathroom. “Not here,” Marshall responded. Even the state’s GOP leadership
didn’t want anything to do with the controversial proposal, and a Republican-led committee killed the bill.