Virginia Has Elected The 1st Openly Trans State Legislator In The US

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Democrat Danica Roem beat Republican incumbent Bob Marshall in Tuesday's election in the northern Virginia district near the nation's capital.

"Danica will bring a reporter's eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents", the Virginia House Democratic caucus leader David J. Toscano and caucus chairwoman Charniele Herring said in a statement. "And good riddance to Bob Marshall, one of the most anti-choice, and anti-LGBTQ members of the VA House".

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. "Our great Commonwealth has had many significant electoral firsts, and it's no surprise the diverse and welcoming citizens of Prince William County have chosen to elect the first transgender candidate to any state's legislative body".

Roem previously told the Associated Press that politics should be inclusive of all people.

"Roem ran a smart, issues-driven campaign focused on improving the lives of her neighbors; a campaign that ran counter to her opponent's divisive and transphobic rhetoric".

Marshall, who has represented the state in the House since 1992, has consistently been at odds with the LGBT community.

"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future".

In addition to this year's bathroom bill, Marshall was also the author of a now-void constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and sponsored a bill banning gay people from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard.

Marshall once said that Roem "is a guy who thinks he's a girl who wears a dress". "Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years", he said.

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