June 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Va. trans candidate wins primary, now faces anti-LGBT lawmaker
Danica Roem, gay news, Washington Blade

Danica Roem is a transgender journalist who is challenging Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall. (R-Prince William County) (Photo courtesy of Danica Roem)

A transgender former journalist pulled off a surprise victory in a Virginia primary on Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination to face off against anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) in the general election.

Danica Roem, who was seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 13th District seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, beat out Steve Jansen, Andrew Adams and Mansimran Kahlon to win her party’s backing, the Associated Press reported at 8:30.

Roem’s opponent in the general election, Marshall, has a long anti-LGBT history over the course of his 13 terms in the Virginia General Assembly. Marshall was responsible for the Marshall-Newman Amendment, which made a ban on same-sex marriage part of the state constitution in Virginia until a federal judge overturned the measure.

More recently, Marshall pushed legislation that would bar transgender people from using the restroom in any government-owned building consistent with their gender identity.

At the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund brunch last month, Roem acknowledged her victory over Marshall would have particular significance, referencing his remarks calling transgender people “gender confused.”

“Let me make this really clear for you: When the people of the 13th District elect a transgender woman to replace the most anti-LGBT legislator in the South, it will be an act of certainty, and it will be a defining moment that will resonate across the country,” Roem said.

If Roem succeeds in besting Marshall, she could become the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated as a state legislator. The general election will be held Nov. 7.

Former Massachusetts State Rep. Althea Garrison, who served in the legislature from 1993 to 1995, but was outed as transgender in 1992 by then U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney’s adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, who after her election produced a birth certificate identifying her as male. However, Garrison never acknowledged she was transgender and subsequently lost each of her bids for re-election.

In 2012, Stacie Laughton won election in New Hampshire to represent Nashua in the statehouse. However, media outlets she had been convicted of a felony and served in prison for credit card fraud and falsifying physical evidence. Under New Hampshire law, she wasn’t able to be seated in the state legislature.

Roem isn’t the first openly transgender person to win a state legislative primary. In 2014, Lauren Scott won the Republican primary in her bid to represent District 30 in the Nevada State Assembly. Scott was unsuccessful in the general election in that race and her subsequent bid two years later.

It may be true Roem is the first openly transgender person to win a state legislative primary within the Democratic Party. In 2012, Laughton was running for the Democratic nomination in a three-seat district and there were three Democrats, according to the New Hampshire Democratic Party. While technically Laughton was unopposed in the primary, there was still a primary ballot, which allows for write-ins.

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, CEO of Victory Fund, hailed Roem’s victory in a statement as evidence of the growing power of the transgender movement.

“Danica Roem is a leader in a national movement of trans candidates who are determined to become a voice for their community in the halls of power,” Moodie-Mills said. “This historic primary win sets up a general election battle where voters will choose between ‘Bigot Bob’ Marshall – the most anti-LGBTQ member of the Virginia state legislature – or Danica, a proud trans woman who is committed to representing all people in her district. I am confident voters will choose leadership over divisiveness and make Danica the first out trans candidate to win and serve in a state legislature.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • djcoastermark

    Good luck and best wishes to Danica.

    • Thisoldspouse

      And lots of unnatural hormones.

      • djcoastermark

        No honey, they are all natural hormones.

  • Mary Fran Cherry

    There is no such beast as “transgender”. There are men and there are women. Those are the only choices.

    • Goforitidiots

      Actually trans women like this lady do get annual mammograms at 50 because they are at the same risk as “natural” women for breast cancer.

      Might want to not open your mouth about things you don’t know about.

      • Mark Hatchett

        Let’s hope he doesn’t show up at Planned Parenthood expecting to get a mammogram!

        • Why? PP’s extremely trans inclusive, and if a trans woman has been on HRT long enough, her breasts aren’t significantly different from that of a cis woman’s (including the risk of breast cancer). There’s no reason they *wouldn’t* give her a mammogram.

          • Mark Hatchett

            The reason is it’s a liberal myth that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms.

          • Huh, I’ll be damned, you’re right- they provide breast exams, but not mammograms.

          • Robin518

            They do referrals to low cost or patient’s insured clinics. mammogram machines cost upwards of $100K.

          • Thisoldspouse

            What about unborn “trannies.” I don’t think they include those.

          • Ed Zavada

            Old spouse, does your doctor perform in-womb breast exams? You might want to check the medical ethics board about that… and find another doctor!

          • jenna rogers

            except they don’t own an effing mammogram machine!!!!

        • Goforitidiots

          Stop your stupid transphobic hate.

          • Mark Hatchett

            No hate just truth! Sorry you choose to pretend otherwise.

          • Goforitidiots

            It’s hate, and you’re not clever by trying to weasel out of it.

          • Mark Hatchett

            We are under no obligation whatsoever to enable, accommodate, be made uncomfortable or have our privacy invaded by those men who pretend to be women and those women who pretend to be men. No obligation whatsoever.

          • Goforitidiots

            It’s not pretending jackhole. It’s a well documented medical condition.

          • Mark Hatchett

            You mean like a mental illness?

          • Goforitidiots

            No, more like a physical illness. No sane person wants to look like a man (they’re all puke ugly).

          • bs_bs_my_line

            We are all around you. You don’t even know it. Haha. And btw the 14th amendment will sort out your transphobic ways. Uncomfortable? I think I heard that one before. How did that work out for you? Love conquers hate!

          • Mark Hatchett

            You are seriously deluded if you think a wig, heels and lipstick or a flannel shirt, jeans and boots will get you a pass in the real world!

          • bs_bs_my_line

            Passing is overrated. I don’t wear a wig or heels, lipstick on occasion. Got a few flannel shirts and sheets. Jeans and boots are good when I need to use the chainsaw. Thanks for your concern, madam!

          • Yvonne Morales

            Just wait… Give time some time.

          • Robin518

            Why, we make accommodations to bigots, racist, homophobes & idiots when they come into our stores, our rentals, our businesses.

          • Yvonne Morales

            Haha…Good answer, Robin518.

          • Robin518

            You may or may not have an obligation past the ones that you do have according to our laws, but I don’t think you are bright enough or aware enough of others to know you are standing next to a tran. People have been passing in dress to their identity for centuries.
            So unless you are peeking under a door or over a wall to check everyone’s genitals, you wouldn’t even know.

          • Mark Hatchett

            Sweetheart you must think we are all stupid! Here’s a clue…we are not!

      • Sandra

        When your transphobic ignorance leads you to think that trans people magically don’t get breast cancer. Goforitidiots didn’t even drop the mic so much as chuck it into the ocean.

        • Awwww sandra, quit resorting to the “Phobias” as your default defense.
          Being disgusted by some Transvestites with an inside out penis, trotting around denying science, is not the same as being Phobic

      • Jen

        anyone, of any sex/gender/age, can get breast cancer. be sure to do a self-exam of your body, folks – and maybe your assumptions, too.

        • Goforitidiots

          Of course men can get breast cancer too, but it’s quite rare. Trans women suffer a similar rate of breast cancer as cis women was more my point, and it’s recommended they get mammograms.

          • There is no such thing as a Trans woman. Only Transvestites with inside out penises.
            Taking some massive amounts Estrogen doesn’t make a man a woman.

    • Jon Hood

      Wait…let me guess… you are one of those who is gonna use DNA to define someone’s sex yet refute DNA as proof of evolution…right?

      • Mark Hatchett

        No matter what has been added or removed or how many hormones ingested one’s DNA cannot be changed.

    • Debbie Lawrence

      Do you have her DNA and CT scans?
      We all start out as girls during the first two week. If the baby gets enough testosterone, and the body knows how to deal with the testosterone, you get a boy.
      If there is no testosterone, too much estrogen, or the body can’t respond to testosterone, the fetus gets a female brain and skeleton. The penis is often smaller and testicles may not appear until late puberty. When they do come down, they may be irregularly shaped, almost like ovaries.
      Millions of babies are “corrected at birth”.

      I’ve written six books on the subject.
      If you do not have those detailed medical records, then you have no clue.

      • Rachel Jones

        Thanks Debbie. You are right on.

      • Mark Hatchett

        Do you have those detailed medical records? Are your books available on Amazon?

      • Millions?

    • TransSJW

      Sorry Mary, but trangender does, by definition exist. Perhaps her DNA is XY. Might be XX, XXY, or any of the myriad of possible combinations; same as you. Have you been karyotyped? If not, dont be so quick to assume you are XX. If you’ve borne a male child, you likely have some cells with XY.

      Genetics notwithstanding, she still will require an annual pelvic (if she’s had SRS) and a mammogram. The only female issue she’ll avoid is cellulite. I’m sure it looks good on you though.

      • Thisoldspouse

        There is NO physiological requirement for getting the “trans” “diagnosis.” None at all. Are you that far behind the “science?”

        All that’s required is a talk or two with a colluding shrink. That’s it.

        • TransSJW

          You are apparently ill advised on how transition works. It takes far more than that.

          • No it doesn’t. You freaks have a daily switching depending on what Gender you feel like that day. Get a grip on reality.
            There are two and only TWO sexes/genders.

          • TransSJW

            I believe you are referring to cross dressers, who do switch back and forth. As Thomas Jefferson once said, they neither pick your pocket nor break your leg, so why do you worry about them? Cross dressers are quite different from transsexuals, who also neither pick your pocket nor break your leg. Why are you so worked up over someone else’s business?

          • No Wannabe, Thomas Jefferson never said a damn thing about Trasvestites, either with or without an inside out penis.
            And the military is looking at spending 3.7 billion to give Transvestites surgery and hormones thanks to barak hussein obama and his democraps.
            So it’s my business cause I have to pay for it

          • FemnstSponti

            Apparently, you can’t read Thomas Jefferson and apply his concepts. I guess it’s not simple enough for your liking.

          • All theFfounding Fathers were deeply religious. The very thought of GLBSFSEPEDS and their ilk would sicken them. Learn your history “Fem”.

          • FemnstSponti

            President Obama didn’t order any such thing. I suspect though that he was in favor of it, just like coverage is for any recognised medical condition. Coverage has been granted voluntarily by many industries because its the right thing to do.

      • jenna rogers

        there is no definition of anything other than a male or female

        • TransSJW

          Well.. to begin with, there’s the whole world of intersexed that’s been defined, not to mention transgender and gender queer.. You need to get out more.

          • Oh, so “The science is settled”??
            Like with Global warning?
            You Libturds make up Science was you go. It’s disgusting.

          • TransSJW

            When you are reduced to hurling insults, its clear you’ve run out of useful arguments and are losing.

          • OK you Science Denier.

          • TransSJW

            I accept science dear Charles. I’m not the one denying climate change and the existence of transsexualism. Both are quite well documented.

          • As I said, you are a Science Denier.
            Both your causes are based upon BS research that can’t produce the results repeatedly.
            But hey, nice world you live in.

      • Nope. The scientific “evidence” you refer to can not be duplicated in double blind controlled studies.
        Random deviation of data and data points does not prove anything
        We all learned that in the 5th grade, along with the BIOLOGICAL differences between the sexes.

        • TransSJW

          I didn’t cite any scientific evidence. I could, but I didn’t. As for scientific methodology, there are a number of health issues that double blind methodology is neither possible nor ethical. For these instances, there are other scientifically valid approaches that can be used. Ironically, global warming is one of them. We after all have only one planet to work with. From your statement though, I gather, you’re a climate denier. That means, you are part of a small, and shrinking minority. Good Luck with that.

          • Well, you social justice wannabe, on the Globull Warming lie, we are glad President Trump pulled us out of the illegally signed Paris Deal.
            And on this issue of Transvestites with an inside out penis, being a woman?!
            If you’ve ever had a D I C K
            You can never be a Chick.
            See, simple

          • TransSJW

            Apparently you aren’t a fan of scientific inquiry Charles, and I’m just not interested in trying to educate you. If you only see simple solutions to problems, you don’t understand the broader scope of the issues. I don’t know whether or not you aren’t very bright, but you are talking as if you aren’t.

          • Simple solutions?
            2 + 2 will always equal 4.
            It’s not my fault you can’t understand what those of us in the real world learned in the 5th grade.
            You “warrior” you.
            LMAO

          • TransSJW

            2+2=4? Not always. Depends on not just the absolute value, but direction of the vector. For example, 2 at a vector angle of 0 degrees, plus 2 at a vector angle of 90 degrees (for simplicity) is around 2.8284 at a vector angle of 45 degrees. See? Even simple math can be complex if you consider all the angles.

          • As I was saying..
            You introduce irrelevant data point and extrapolate a pile of crap.
            Enjoy your contrived relevance from your contrived battles. You “warrior” you.
            LMAO

          • TransSJW

            The point is Charlie, the answers to problems are most often far more complex than people realize. If you think the answer to a problem is easy, you probably aren’t aware of the entire scope of the issue. Trump found this when, in the campaign, declared the healthcare issue to be easy to fix and that HE had a solution that would result in better, cheaper healthcare that would cover everyone. When he actually got into office, his tune changed to “who knew healthcare could be so complicated?” Ironically, the answer to THAT question IS easy: “Hillary.”

          • No, you Social Justice Wannabe, it’s not complex.
            Boys, Girls.
            Now, go find some other cause to spend your time on.

          • TransSJW

            Ooops! I guess things once again are more complex than you realize! You forgotten about intersex people who are decidedly somewhere in between. They are neither male nor female in some cases. See? Things are always more complex than you think.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      You’re a horrible human being who knows absolutely nothing of which she speaks.

    • Sandra

      Cool. I also don’t believe you exist. There is no such beast as Mary.

      We don’t concern ourselves with the opinions of trashcans like Mary.

    • Thisoldspouse

      Was he born with a prostate? Only men have prostates. That is a pretty surefire litmus test.

      • TransSJW

        Without your genitals, do you cease to be a woman?

    • RogerLong

      Oh Mary Fran Cherry you sad old hater… You God loves you for believing in him against all rationality. Don’t be afraid. All your hate is converted to love in the presence of your lord in the afterlife! You don’t have to hate on his behalf anymore. And you can be certain your deep devotion to your fantasy will assuage all your fears on your deathbed. Coming soon.

    • Robin518

      Men get breast cancer of a rate 1/1000. Don’t they count?

    • Robert Roser

      No. Just because the Bible says that does not make it true. There are many people intersexed; there are many combinations of sexual marker chromosomes. There have been studies that the brains of deceased MTF women do have differences from normal men. The rest of your arguments are superficial. All these arguments remind me very much of the dumb comments made by conservatives during the civil rights campaigns, which unfortunately no longer seem to be over in the world of Trump. You need to do some more independent research.

  • Thisoldspouse

    Did he RUN as a “transgender” candidate, or just as a “woman” under the radar?

    • Ed Zavada

      Why would Bob Marshal run as transgender or a women when he’s anti-transgender? That’s the only “he” candidate discussed in the race.

    • bs_bs_my_line

      Oh honeybunny, you sound stressed my dear. Did you not get any from the old spouse in a while? I’m so sorry honey. Feel better babe.

    • JDS

      Why do you care?

  • Yvonne Morales

    You might want to tell them to adjust. That Trans are not interested in their bodies. Years from now, when you and I are dead, our children and grandchildren will be laughing when remembering the narrow minded thinking of today.

  • simplistic nonsense

    • Robert Roser

      I would say the same. You guys never look at a complicated subject without simplistic comments that would fit on a bumper sticker. And I lived through the civil rights battles, most of the time as a conservative Republican until I realized that that was not a Christian approach and rather heartless. Conservatives fought tooth and nail against civil rights. I know; I was there.

  • jenna rogers

    good lord the crazies will be running the asylum. the bizarre twilight zone is truly a reality

  • If you’ve ever had a D I C K
    You can never be a Chick.
    Soooooo the only qualification HE has is that HE has an inside out penis? Wow, well, HE is a democrap.

  • We’ll just call them Transvestites with an inside out penis.
    How’s THAT?

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