October 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Danica Roem campaign reports anti-transgender robocalls

Danica Roem, gay news, Washington Blade

Danica Roem canvasses in the Sudley area of Manassas in Prince William County, Va., on June 20, 2017. She said her campaign has received reports from residents of the 13th District that they received anti-transgender robocalls. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Danica Roem on Monday said her campaign received reports that residents of Virginia’s 13th District have received anti-transgender robocalls.

“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.

The American Principles Project is behind a series of ads against Danica Roem, a transgender woman who is running against Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) in the state’s 13th District. (Image courtesy of Facebook)

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • It’s sad but true that conservatives like Bob Marshall tout their morality and righteousness while they violate scripture attacking anyone they feel that they are superior to. Telling lies, back biting and spreading hate are not supposed to be Christian virtues. Yet, they all do it.

  • I live in the district immediately adjacent to this race, and the incumbent’s activities have been disgraceful. The robocalls are just the latest form of what has been the focus of his entire campaign which has been sending people door to door to out Danica Roem and fearmonger about the trans menace. Danica in contrast has tried to stay focused on real issues, especially the horrible traffic problems on route 28. ‘Sideshow Bob’ Marshall hates all queer people and has tried to ban the whole LGBT spectrum from service in the Virginia National Guard.
    He also refers to Ms. Roem by male pronouns and has refused to publicly debate her.

    I really, really hope she wins this election.

  • What about jobs? Not a word about jobs. Who gives a F if a person is transgendered? WE WANT GOOD PAYING JOBS WITH LIVING WAGE LIFETIME PENSIONS. Screw all the bathroom con game.Nobody gives a damn about that.

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