Virginia just elected their first openly transgender elected official, Danica Roem. In a splash of irony Ms Roem was able to unseat Republican Robert G. Marshall the author of Viriginia’s transphobic “bathroom bill” and who referred to himself as Virginia’s chief Homophobe.
True to his moniker Marshall ran a transphobic campaign highlighting through a Facebook Ad titled “Bad Judgement,” which features footage of Danica’s band and accuses her of “lewd” and “shocking” behavior.
Danica who is a local journalist for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times announced earlier this year that she was running for office. She said “Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can’t I run for government? Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government? I’ve already had to go through transformative change.”
Later, she added, “And you wonder why you’re not getting anything past? Oh, right, because you’re focusing on divisible, exclusionary, discriminatory social issues that the governor has already told you he will veto. We’re trying to make a statement about making Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth. We’re trying to get rid of laws that the Supreme Court said, ‘Guess what? They’re not valid anymore.’ Marriage equality is the law of the land, whether anyone likes it or not—including Delegate Marshall—and it’s time for us to take out those parts of our state code that still make us a regressive place. We should be more inclusive, and it shouldn’t matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship, or who you love.”
In addition to calling Marshall “a mirror” of Trump, Roem accused him of being more concerned with advancing his conservative causes than dealing with local problems. That message resonated in communities along Route 28 — particularly Manassas Park, an area that has seen an influx of immigrants and millennials. Marshall lost there four years ago.Follow Shannon Garcon: