“I’ve now heard from three people that there is an anti-transgender robo push poll going out to homes in the 13th District right now demagoguing transgender kids that’s being used to attach me,” wrote Roem on her Facebook page.
Roem — who is running against state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) — told the Washington Blade on Tuesday during a telephone interview the robocall said she “supports boys using the girls bathroom, locker room . . . the typical transphobic crap we have to deal with.”
She said the American Principles Project — an organization that says it supports “public policy solutions that respect and affirm: Human life from conception to natural death; the union of one man and one woman as the definition of marriage; the freedom to practice and proclaim religion; authentic economic progress for working Americans; education in service of the comprehensive development of the person; and the legacy of immigrants in contributing to the American story” — is behind the robocalls. Roem on her Facebook page posted a screenshot of an American Principles Project ad with the slogan “Sign the Petition: Stop Trangender (sic) Medical Experimenation on Children” superimposed over a picture of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“The rhetoric mirrors the same anti-transgender crap Del. Bob Marshall (R-13) uses in his fundraising emails,” she wrote.
Roem would make history as the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the country if she were to beat Marshall in November.
Marshall, who is among the most vocal opponents of LGBT rights in the Virginia General Assembly, has represented the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1992. The Prince William County Republican has repeatedly attacked Roem and her gender identity during the campaign.