Virginian Danica Roem becomes first transgender state legislator


Democrat Roem beat Republican candidate Bob Marshall for the Virginia House of Delegates District 13 seat.

She has become the first openly transgender person to serve in the House of Delegates, according to the Victory Fund, an LGBT advocacy group that endorsed Roem, 33.

What's more? She ousted the previous delegate, Robert G. Marshall, an 11-term self-proclaimed "chief homophobe", who throughout the campaign, misgendered Roem and referred to her using male pronouns.

Democrats are also celebrating the elections of Phil Murphy in the New Jersey governor's race and Ralph Northam in the Virginia governor's race. Marshall also introduced a "bathroom bill" earlier this year that would have required transgender people to use a public restroom that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificate.

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The race was one of the year's most high profile, drawing global attention and big money to the northern Virginia House of Delegates district outside the nation's capital. At the time, Roem hit back.

"Danica Roem's historic victory is a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country that the days of attacking LGBTQ people to scare up votes are over", said HRC President Chad Griffin. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal: Trump-tied data firm reaching out to WikiLeaks "significant" Tillerson eliminates key State Department sanctions office: report Intel Dem: What's in dossier more important than who paid for it MORE won the district by 14 points, 54 to 40 percent, over President Trump previous year.

Danica Roem, who is transgender, defeated Del. "Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years", read a post on Marshall's Facebook page after the defeat.

In an interview with Mother Jones, Roem said voters in the increasingly suburban Northern Virginia district did not care about her gender but were more concerned about whether she would fix the road.