Openly Trans Democrat Defeats Anti-Trans Republican In Historic Virginia Election

Democratic candidate Danica Roem has defeated incumbent Republican Bob Marshall, to become Virginia’s first openly transgender state legislator, according to The Washington Post.

She unseats a 25-year incumbent who is among the state’s most vocal anti-LGBTQ lawmakers.

Marshall sponsored Virginia’s anti-trans “bathroom bill,” which sought to ban transgender residents from using public restrooms that corresponds to their gender identity.

“Danica will bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents in the 13th,” Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said in a statement.

“As a journalist, Danica Roem has covered the issues critical to Virginians and listened to a wide range of perspectives. During her campaign, Danica expanded this approach by listening to area residents’ concerns and making them integral to her own policy platform,” they added.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called win Danica’s “a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country.”

“HRC was proud to mobilize voters to support Danica Roem’s trailblazing candidacy, and we look forward to working with her to help continue moving equality forward in Virginia,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement.