November 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Roem defeats Marshall in Va. House of Delegates race

Virginia state Del.-elect Danica Roem (D-Manassas) speaks to supporters in Lake Ridge, Va., on Nov. 7, 2017, after she ousted state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) by a nearly double-digit margin. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Danica Roem on Tuesday soundly defeated Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) in a race that garnered national attention.

With 100 percent of precincts in the 13th District reporting, Roem defeated Marshall by a 54-45 percent margin.

Roem, a former journalist, will become the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the country once she is sworn into the Virginia House of Delegates in January.

Althea Garrison in 1992 became the first trans person elected to a state legislature in the U.S. when she won a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, but she did not publicly discuss her gender identity during the campaign. Stacie Laughton in 2012 became the first openly trans person elected to a state legislature when she won a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, but she later ended her bid to sit in the chamber after convictions for credit card and identity fraud became public.

Andrea Jenkins, who is a trans woman of color, on Tuesday was elected to the Minneapolis City Council.

Marshall attacked Roem over her gender identity

Marshall, who has represented Virginia’s 13th District since 1992, has been one of the General Assembly’s most outspoken opponents of LGBT rights.

Marshall co-wrote Virginia’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman that voters approved in 2006. A bill that he introduced in 2011 sought to ban gays and lesbians from the Virginia National Guard.

Marshall in 2016 introduced a bill that would have prevented municipalities from enacting measures against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Members of the Republican-controlled House General Laws Subcommittee earlier this year killed Marshall’s House Bill 1612, which would have prohibited trans people from using public bathrooms based on their gender identity.

Marshall throughout the campaign repeatedly attacked Roem and her gender identity and used male pronouns to identify her.

Voters in the 13th District earlier this month received anti-trans robocalls from the American Principles Project, an organization that opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples and champions other conservative causes. American Principles Project Chair Sean Fieler, who lives in New Jersey, on Sept. 11 donated $20,000 to Marshall’s campaign.

“To every person who’s ever been singled out, who’s ever been stigmatized, who’s ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own because there’s no one else who was with them, this one’s for you,” said Roem as she spoke to hundreds of supporters who were attending the Prince William County Democratic Party’s election night party at Water’s End Brewery in Lake Ridge. “This one is for, most importantly, the people of Haymarket, Gainesville, Manassas, Manassas Park.”

Roem told the Washington Blade after she spoke that Marshall had yet to speak with her and formally concede.

Local, national advocacy groups hail Roem’s victory

Equality Virginia’s Political Action Committee, the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the Trans United Fund, the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, EMILY’s List and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee are among the organizations that endorsed Roem. Former Vice President Biden and other prominent Democrats backed her campaign in recent weeks.

The Blade on Tuesday afternoon saw two HRC staffers speaking with voters outside Manassas Park City Hall before they cast their ballots.

Ryan Wilson of the Human Rights Campaign, left, works inside Danica Roem’s campaign office in Manassas, Va., on Nov. 7, 2017.(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Victory Fund and the Trans United Fund also had staffers and volunteers canvassing in the 13th District in the days leading up to the election.

“Danica’s more than qualified to be a state representative,” said Sarah Scanlon of Trans United on Tuesday as she spoke with the Blade at Roem’s campaign headquarters near downtown Manassas.

“Another barrier was broken tonight,” added state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) in a text message he sent to the Blade early Wednesday. “The voters spoke and elected Danica Roem to address the issues they care about. She is waking Virginia up from history. A new chapter has begun.”

James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, in a press release described Roem’s victory as “not only a victory for transgender Virginians, but for transgender Americans as well.” State Dels. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) and Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) echoed Parrish in a statement the Democratic Party of Virginia issued.

“As a journalist, Danica Roem has covered the issues critical to Virginians and listened to a wide range of perspectives,” said Toscano and Herring. “During her campaign, Danica expanded this approach by listening to area residents’ concerns and making them integral to her own policy platform. Danica will bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents in the 13th.”

First out lesbian elected to Va. House

Roem is among the Democrats across Virginia who either unseated Republican incumbents or defeated GOP challengers for statewide office.

Lieutenant Gov. Ralph Northam defeated former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie in the race to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe by a 54-45 percent margin.

Herring won re-election by beating Republican John Adams by a 53-47 percent margin. Fairfax will succeed Northam as lieutenant governor after he defeated state Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier County) by a 52-48 percent margin.

Dawn Adams on Tuesday became the first openly lesbian woman elected to the General Assembly when she defeated state Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond) by 326 votes. Chris Hurst, a former reporter for WDBJ, a Roanoke television station, defeated state Del. Joseph Yost (R-Giles County) by a 54-46 percent margin.

Hurst’s girlfriend, WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot to death on Aug. 26, 2015, as they were interviewing Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner during a live broadcast.

“Hurst’s victory is proof that pro-LGBTQ and pro-gun reform candidates can win, even in rural Southwest Virginia,” said the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence in a press release.

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

  • From Ohio

    Sickening

    • scream4ever

      Sickeningly wonderful! I love it when good triumphs over evil.

      • From Ohio

        That didn’t happen today, only sophistry, religious fanatics like yourself worship trannies and degenerates for your own moral shallowness.

        • Arthur Adams

          Oh, noes, not the degermates! Run for the hills, Virginia elected a degermate!

          • From Ohio

            I’m not surprised someone like you can’t spell and has nothing but a sanctimonious din in your head all day.

          • Arthur Adams

            I can’t spell? What the f*ck is a degermate?

          • From Ohio

            You tell me, you’re the sophist.

          • Arthur Adams

            You used the word first.

          • From Ohio

            You’re the sophist, you over calling things what their not if you can get a self-righteous high off it.

          • Captain Bats

            Was sophist the only new word you learned this year? Repeating it doesn’t make you sound any smarter.

          • From Ohio

            I’m tired of self-righteous screeching.

          • Arthur Adams

            Then stop talking.

          • From Ohio

            It people like you who exhaust me, your religious fanaticism is breathtaking.

          • Josh Weaver

            Your own comment doesn’t do you any favors on that front either.

          • Chaz54

            Ah, how endearing. Looks like ‘Why Oh Why Ohio’ saw something on the History Channel about Alexander the Great and his male lover and now has a ‘soft one’ for the Greeks who introduced analytical thought to the world; the Sohists (Alexander’s educators).
            Ain’t that sweet…
            Why oh why ‘oh-io’ indeed.
            [If you’ve made it past the remedial “See John run’ are you now on your numbers.]

        • Josh Weaver

          Blah blah blah. Yet another alt-reich nonsense comment. Go spew your garbage elsewhere.

      • richard bergman

        Virginia is finished
        Would you move there?

      • Sparky Mills

        You must be on the wrong article.

      • Michael Redford

        What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

      • MarkY

        Her hair looks like a cheap, polyester wig from from the 1998 Halloween parade in Key West. Now, that’s evil.

        • From Ohio

          HIS hair.

      • sandman43

        Why does a mentally ill man who’s mutilated himself and now cross dresses represent good? Please explain.

    • Arthur Adams

      Oh, do you have a sad because Bob Marshall lost to a girl?

      • From Ohio

        He lost to a very, very sick man.

        • Kathy11

          It was God’s will that she win.

          • Arthur Adams

            Her will be done.

          • From Ohio

            It was God’s Will that Stalin and Mao win as well, they proved mortal and short-sighted in the end.

      • Guatemala

        What does the person’s 23rd pair of chromosomes look like?

        • From Ohio

          Like any other man’s.

  • Arthur Adams

    In the immortal words of The Simpsons Nelson Muntz, “Ha ha!”

  • Union Lacktivist

    Someone with a severe mental illness got elected. Wonderful direction for the USA. Thanks, voters of Virginia. Well, those mentally ill types commit suicide often so maybe that’s the next thing to look for.

    What a freak show!

    • ThosKane

      Yours is a disgusting comment. Local voters knew very well that Sideshow Bob’s show was over and are dancing for his timely defeat.

      • From Ohio

        Local voters were bullied and harassed into believing the sinister sophistry of liberalism and the self-destruction it preaches.

        • Arthur Adams

          You mean the traffic congestion issues Roem campaigned on?

          • From Ohio

            What the traffic congestation that is his deeply disturbed mind?

          • Mark Hatchett

            Don’t forget his position on amnesty for illegal aliens and a “livable wage.”

        • Kathy11

          Help! You were bullied by a middle aged woman!

          • Michael Redford

            Man. Get a clue.

          • Kathy11

            There, there. Did you wet yourself because the middle aged woman scarred you?

            You can have a cookie after you clean yourself up. Like a big boy!

          • Michael Redford

            I loathe radical liberalism because it destroys everything it touches. I try very hard not to despise those, like yourself, that suffer from the disease. I suspect though there is very little more repugnant than a sniveling, smug, condescending, little twerp, cowardly hiding behind their keyboard. You support a clinically mentally ill person as a delegate yet mock and deride me. I urge you to seek professional counseling. You are emotionally compromised, astoundingly naive, monumentally ignorant, and quite probably mentally ill as well. You can not escape cause and effect and you will suffer if you do not wise up. Don’t bother to reply as I will not read it and certainly will not reply as it is folly to debate a fool.

          • Kathy11

            I welcome your hate.

          • From Ohio

            Your a deeply hateful person yourself, leftists are far more intolerant and stubbornly ignorant than almost any people in history.

          • Kathy11

            You have Richard Spencer. We have the most diverse set of electeds.

            Yep – you’re the more intolerant

          • From Ohio

            Say what you want about Spencer, at least his ideas are new and thought provoking. The “diverse electeds” you talk of are nothing but third world pikers looking to stuff their pockets with as much as they can while screeching the same tired rhetoric that’s increasingly losing its luster. You’ll find that in most of the third world there is no such thing as philosophy or true ideology, only tribalism and greed.

          • From Ohio

            Liberalism is dementia to civilization.

          • lnm3921

            Liberals are beautiful while cons are constipated!

          • From Ohio

            Well plenty of middle aged women have been physically attacking people (Antifa), mostly though they’ve burrowed into the Human Resources Departments (read: political commissars) and get people fired, demoted, or blacklisted for voicing opinions.

          • Kathy11

            And you’re afraid of them.

        • Brandon Mueller

          local voter here. the bullies took away my lunch money until i voted for who they wanted. is that what you honestly think happened here? or maybe it’s because the majority of the GOP is literally committing treason?

      • Michael Redford

        Fact. They voted in a mentally ill sexual deviant. Your opinion does not change that.

        • ed

          why are they sexually deviant?

          • Michael Redford

            I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain something so completely utterly obvious.

          • ed

            Then it sounds like a cop out. I could understand where you were coming from regarding the mental health side, but what makes them sexually deviant? Unless they’re sexually attracted to children, dead people or non-humans then I don’t see your reasoning…so my guess is you think being gay is deviant. You’re under no obligation to explain your opinion of course but refusing to do so suggests you understand very little about the issue, and that makes it difficult to not assume you’re just another anti-gay person shouting “it’s disgusting” and making that the issue, rather than say, the policies the candidate wants to pursue.

          • Michael Redford

            Think what you want. I don’t care. I’ll let the 100% known biology and intent do the talking.

    • Michael Redford

      It was only 11,000 people who happen to live in Virginia. Pathetic but not Virginians. NoVa, radical liberal, DC South, invaders.

      • Brandon Mueller

        i live here and voted for her, sooooooo maybe you’re just wrong?

        • Michael Redford

          You intentionally voted for a clinically mentally ill person to represent you and you think I’m “so wrong”. That says it all.

  • AltVoice

    This sure beats Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Mark Hatchett

    Virginia is no more.

    • From Ohio

      It’s been deliberately flooded with third-worlders, and now it’s becoming the third-world.

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    • Kathy11

      I remember you way back when your name was Molly.

      • lnm3921

        I’ve always known him as a-hole!

      • Chaz54

        Now that’s a great reply… brava!!

    • Josh Weaver

      Thank God. Now for North Carolina, Georgia and other backwards states.

      • From Ohio

        Yes, the corruption, crime, and general incompetence in New Jersey, California, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Maryland are true beacons to the world.

        • lnm3921

          Your ilk sure isn’t!

          • From Ohio

            Self-righteous fools like you are setting up a very tumultuous and violent future.

          • lnm3921

            Self righteous fools like trump with grandiose claims and lies that he knew more than all the us generals, CIA and FBI? Tell it to Las Vegas, nyc and Texas terror victims!

            The biggest fools are trump supporters who continue to think trump is their messiah!

          • From Ohio

            Trump is many things but self-righteous is not one of them.

        • Chaz54

          As if you are an expert about any of those states, three (3) of which are part of the thirteen (13) original colonies and the two (2) remaining were once part of the Spanish & French Empires.
          What your left with is Cleveland (wallow in it).

          • From Ohio

            What are you even saying?

          • Chaz54

            Ok, let me spell it out: IGNORANCE is just a lack of EDUCATION (of which you seem sparse) and is easily fixed with informative thought. STUPIDITY (of which you seem to have an abundance) is a lost cause.
            Not clear enough yet.
            The states you seem to want to belittle are RICH in history (another thing you seem to lack); Cleveland has been the butt of jokes since I was a kid (way over 50yrs.ago).
            Not clear yet?? Try: ‘People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
            NOW: say something else stupid like slandering my age.
            Have you turned the page yet or are you still on “See John run. “

          • From Ohio

            Look, your word salads don’t fool anyone, your just another sanctimonious, hateful leftists who believes self-righteousness and the truth are the same thing.

          • Chaz54

            I”m sure your idea of ‘salad’ is something wilted you get from a fast food drive through where you honk for food because your ‘sizing up’ the gal who married your best friend in HS and you still have a crush (on the guy).
            Is that ‘sanctimonious’ enough for you Heir Ohio?

          • Giancarlo Carini

            And you are just another self hating right wing gay who is ignorant and would follow Trump off a cliff.

          • From Ohio
          • Giancarlo Carini

            Coming from the guy who voted for Trump that is highly ironic. Trump didn’t attract intellectuals. Only misguided fools.

          • From Ohio
          • Giancarlo Carini

            Coming from a Trump supporter lol. By the way, if you understood Nietzsche he wasnt talking about the liberalism you think. Liberalism meant something far different in his day. But you can only post pictures you don’t understand.

            I will give you a hint: he was referring to capitalism.

          • From Ohio

            Equalitarian sycophants like yourself can see only two things in this world: evil white people and economic management disputes. There’s so much more to people and this world than the pettiness and religious dogma that liberals want to reduce it to.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            Better being a petty liberal than a neofascist self hating loser like you.

          • From Ohio

            The sad thing is you really believe that.

            “Fascism” is a completly arbitrary term that means whatever the accuser wants it to mean, much like “witch”.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            You have no clue what you are talking about. You come from a state with no future and voted for a lying bigot like Trump. Trump has delivered absolutely nothing. You just follow him around like the cult follower you are. People like you are the biggest danger to this country. Enjoy the many more indictments coming. Oh and Trumps deal with China will further reduce good jobs in your state. You were sold out.

          • From Ohio

            Your tedious liberal sycophant, you need some time for quiet reflection.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            Now he is repeating himself… what a surprise. That 6th grade education is showing…

      • John Shrewsbury

        Don’t forget Tennessee.

    • sandman43

      I’m a life long resident of VA. No joke, I have to speak more Spanish on a day to day basis. This place has changed, and not for the better.

      • lnm3921

        So in other words you are broadening your horizons with a 2nd language like they do in Europe. Now if you had the sense to use that to have a better job instead of whining about it!

        • sandman43

          Yeah – Europe is great… you should go there permenantly

          • lnm3921

            Sure. Love Europe. You finance it then we can talk!

          • From Ohio

            You know nothing about Europe, you ignorant, sanctimonious clown.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            Coming from Europe, I will tell you are the one that knows nothing. Stick to your backwater state of Ohio… You must love it that Republicans are bankrupting that state like Sam Brownback did to Kansas.

          • From Ohio
          • Giancarlo Carini

            Self hating must be an awful thing? Why do you hate yourself so much?

          • lnm3921

            Really? I’ve been over there over a dozen times. Was in London and the Loire valley last year. Only an idiot makes statements like you!

            Your clown is trump and you are a blowhard!

          • From Ohio

            You’re an arrogant, boomer tourist, travel is leisure for you not informative.

          • lnm3921

            You’re arrogant to think you can define what travel is for. It can be both leisure and informative loser!

          • Chaz54

            I was waiting for the “America Love It or Leave It” mentality… that worked real well with the crowd that yelled that during the Vietnam era, a useless war that EVERY president from the outset knew we could never win.

          • sandman43

            you weren’t waiting as long as I was for the “we should be more like Europe” mentality.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            People like sandman and unemployed man from Ohio are great examples of ignorance.

          • sandman43

            yeah – name calling. thats good.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            Since you are Trump supporters, you are incapable of rational discussion.

          • From Ohio

            Coming from a self-described “petty liberal” this is of rather dubious concern.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            Better being that then an unemployed and uneducated Trump supporter.

          • sandman43

            you are clearly not worth engaging Giancarlo. Have a great day!

          • Giancarlo Carini

            You need to improve and open up your mind a bit. Some education would help. It isnt a surprise most people who supported Trump and Gillespie were high school drop outs.

          • sandman43

            more name calling – you dont know a single thing about me, yet here you are… sad.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            I know you are an ignorant little man who voted for Trump. That is all I need to know about a traitor.

          • sandman43

            …right. are you sure you want to be that person? you know.. the whole keyboard tough guy thing?

          • Giancarlo Carini

            I thought you were done replying? Oh that’s right trollbots like you must have the last word. Grow up!

          • sandman43

            So I take that as a yes. you are an internet tough guy and proud of it. Good for you pal.

          • Chaz54

            You seem to make certain you want to be heard. If you decide on said agenda then you open yourself up to examination… are you suggesting only you are capable of “knowing” others?
            You seem to make it quite an expert, typing away with index finger.

          • Chaz54

            I think you have a gear stuck in that rusty brain; I mentioned nothing about bring like Europe.
            I was commenting on your 1950’s mentality…
            how long has your ‘wife’ been barefoot & pregnant?

          • sandman43

            another internet tough guy? This is getting boring. Yawn. Oh and I wasn’t talking about your post I was talking about the one that mentioned Europe – but you already knew that. You’re being deliberately obtuse and I have no intention of engaging with you further.

          • Chaz54

            I think I can follow your agenda withou you replying to my post…
            if you go on a site like this do you expect to be respected?
            Obtuse is what I was thinking about in relation to your postings.
            Try staying ‘on topic’ (the election) rather than trying to broaden your horizons by appearing ‘global. ‘
            You suggest that I am an internet ‘tough guy’ as if I spend enormous amounts of time, as you seem to, trolling.
            I can just picture you, legs crossed with crazy eyes crazy glued to your pc resisting wetting your pants in sheer fear that you may miss a post and the chance to spew (or spawn or speculate) on & ever on across the horizon you view quite biotic.
            No one need be tough to engage your posts, just sane.

          • sandman43

            I have never read so much babbling. You’re wasting your time. And how Is commenting on Virginia on an article about Virginia off topic?

          • Chaz54

            Al, done to expose just how easy it is to get you to engage after saying you would not.
            To say “gotcha ya” would be too easy.

          • sandman43

            Good for you?

          • Chaz54

            Yeah, I’m smoking a cigarette…

          • sandman43

            I’d block you but hoping to get a response from you re the post I wrote with quotes from de touqueville and st augustin

          • Chaz54

            Bloock away… anything to makes your existence validated would make any Augustinian friar pleased. Glad to accomidate.

          • sandman43

            Love seeing facts and philosophical foundational arguments bounce off malcontents heads.

            You make this a lesser country friend.

          • Chaz54

            So happy we are now friends!

          • sandman43

            Me too :)

          • Chaz54

            After all, with a little ‘this’ & a little ‘that,’ or a lot of that & a little give, “we the people” can TRANsend (or pretend/defend).

          • sandman43

            More worthless babble. I’m done wasting my time with non serious people. Blocked.

          • Chaz54

            Thanks! was it good for you too? Sorry I “yawned” ( your word not mine) whilst you were preforming

          • From Ohio
        • From Ohio

          There’s a difference between learning a language for personal benefit and learning it because of an invasion.

          • lnm3921

            Then why don’t you know Native American languages since you invaded their land and often stole it?! You invaded Texas, New Mexico and California that were in Spanish or Mexican hands then stole the land the belonged to Latino families for generations! Thief!

          • From Ohio

            It’s true, we conquered this continent to make America. You can’t argue that America is a white supremacist, colonial state and then claim that it’s for everyone at the same time.

          • lnm3921

            You want it to be a white supremacist state but everyone else won’t let it happen! America is s melting pot for everyone like it or not!

        • sandman43

          and at what level are you assuming I am at professionally? and why should I have to learn a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) language to communicate with people in my community? shouldnt they learn the language of the host country?

          • Giancarlo Carini

            Wrong. America has no official language. And America has been a nation of immigrants for as long as it has existed. Italians, Germans, Poles… They came here in great numbers and many kept their language.

          • sandman43

            The United States is already a bilingual nation. Government at all levels and a growing list of private concerns do business in both English and Spanish. And Spanish is the predominan language in communities throughout the country. This is a destructive condition. St Augustin observed:”When men cannot communicate thier thoughts to each other, simply because of difference of language, all the similarity of thier common human nature is of no avial to unite them in fellowship.” Alexis de Tocqueville made the same point: “Language is perhaps the strongest, perhaps most enduring link which unites men.”

            How can the alien participate fully in American society if he does not share the language that binds citizen to citizen? How can he acquire better skills, pursue higher learning, or interact effectively in the marketplace if he does not speak English? How can he assess the benefit of entering into contracts or other legal arrangements if he cannot understand the terms and conditions to which he commits himself? and most important, how can the alien comprehend the nation’s founding principles and pledge allegiance to them if he cannot be sure of thier intended meaning? Clearly neither the alien nor the civil society is better.

          • lnm3921

            I’m assuming you collect trash since you talk so much of it! People should learn English if they can. But that doesn’t mean that is all we should listen mit ourselves to speaking! Enough with your xenophobia!

    • lnm3921

      No, you are no more beyotch! You told us that Dems could NEVER win elections again and that you had control of it all. Yet you lost bigly in Virginia and New Jersey and the polls said you would! Just like the polls told us that your Fake POTUS has the lowest approval ratings since WW2!

      I said it before that people were not motivated to vote in Nov 2016, didn’t like either candidate, or chose a third. That allowed your Fake POTUS the win. When they are very motivated as Trump has made them, the Dems come out on top and this will continue into the 2018 Mid-Terms putting a stop to your destructive agenda The backlash has begun!

    • former expat

      No more what?

    • Chaz54

      What a shame; and after all your ‘tiki-light’ hard work.

      [i was wondering? Did you steal those ‘torches’ from your neighbor’s poolside or from the country club where you are pool boy?]

      • Mark Hatchett

        Y’all can borrow them to light up the portico of Jefferson’s capitol for the drag shows!

        • Chaz54

          Great! What time do you don the wig? I’m still enthused to know where you stole the tiki-tiki’s.
          Do you use them to light up your drag entrance?

          • Mark Hatchett

            We all know you are referring to yourself and your friends. I am curious and maybe you will know what a man pretending to be a woman has to do with being gay. No one has ever been able to explain it to me.

          • Chaz54

            Well Mark, thank you for this opportunity.
            “Gay’ in tems sf liberation is an adolescent term.
            Every grand endeavor of man goes through stages from it’s first imputis (adolescent stage) to its final maturity.. a full circle of life experiences if you will.
            Being 63, I have gone through many a ‘stage,’ one of which engulfed the same question you propose.. what do I as a gay man have to do with the transgender existence?
            To begin with, not much.
            Yet, as the women’s movement helped to open my eyes to what it meant to be gay, I feel that possibly my gay experiencr helped me to be, at the very least, tolerant.

            One principal I have stayed true to is basic. Your ilk tend to think that mine want to be include, embraced by the straight world of, for example, ‘happy family’ 2 kids 2 car suburban bliss.
            I WOULD ADVISE YOU NOT TO AGAINST MAKING THAT MISTAKE.. I WILL TOLERATE YOU IF I SO DESIRE.

            The audacity of straight men thinking that queers would embrace their chubby pit-marked faces just to have ‘a go’ at a Neanderthal Straght that most of the world is coping just fine living without is my ANSWER.
            Who cares about your sarcastic inquiry?
            If it was sincere then please refer to my opening statements…snd accept (or not) my condolences (on your extinction as a species. If you continue, natural selection will weed you out).
            does that help?

          • Mark Hatchett

            Thank you for you BS total nonsense.

          • Chaz54

            You need to listen to the DOORS and. chill.
            You asked a question it was answered you don’t like the answer look in the mirror and
            HEAR Jim Morrison for some ‘restraint. BS gargle that you prat.

          • Mark Hatchett

            It was not answered and it is way past time the LG dropped the B and the T. Doubt you even know what Lesbians think about men who pretend to be women!

          • Chaz54

            Nice work, didn’t it take you to figure in the word ‘lesbian’ to your well (mark) HATCHET job ?
            I have no idea how you managed that, oh wait I, as a 62yr old guy, I mentioned my admiration for the women’s movement… ah, that means lesbian to your 10 watt brain.
            Back in jersey we use to call that way of thinking “working on 1/2 a D-cell”!
            Not that your remark is novel though, I had an Uber driver who told me that her own grandaughter (who was like 10) had ‘other’ views than grandma because of the 70’s (womenks movement). Grandma the blocked her own grand baby.
            Wa that your ma?

            [don’t forget to say something nasty about jersey while your one (1) finger typing… you’ll want to live up to your OWN expectations]

          • lnm3921

            If you know a dang thing about gays and lesbians you’d know some really hate men and have been no more accepting of gay men!

            That said, many were there for them during the AIDS crises!

            There is clout in numbers so adding B,T, I and Q helps with that!

  • Noishkel

    I’m fully ambivalent about Roem’s gender identity. But I’m not very impressed that the media has made more noise her just being elected than any comment about her policies.

    • From Ohio

      You’ve bought into the lie already, calling him a “her”.

      • Noishkel

        You couldn’t pay me to care about your unearned moral outrage about issue. Pound sand.

        Free helicopter rides for moralist.

        • From Ohio

          That’s the whole point. Do you know how expensive trannies are (or homosexuals for that matter)? They need life long mutilations and hormones, not to mention the incredible rates of STDs, alcoholism, and drug abuse. They’re already making you pay for it (HIV+ makes you automatically eligible for Medicaid and why do you really think trannies want in the military?) and only want more.

          The unhealthy will always need the healthy. Moral preening to keep a reputation helps no one in the end.

          • Kathy11

            Life long mutilations? That doesn’t leave much time for professional development.

          • From Ohio

            Read abit on the “male-to-female” operations, every several years they have to have a new “operation” to “rebuild” their “vagina” because their bodies know it’s a wound and heals over it.

            Congrats if you read that without gagging some.

          • Kathy11

            You like to read about transgender women’s vaginas?

            Interesting

            I hear they have to have a surgery every week. Top that.

          • From Ohio

            Not everyone likes to wallow in sanctimonious ignorance, you’re one of the self-righteous blowhards who attacks people who question this sexual agenda as ignorant and then are totally uninterested in what is actually going on.

          • Arthur Adams

            Do you have health insurance? Then you’re assuming you’ll one day be the unhealthy needing the healthy.

          • From Ohio

            Possibly, you pay for health insurance however and insurers have all sorts of loop-holes for self-inflicted illnesses and injuries. The stuff homosexuals and trannies do to themselves has been written into law to have tax-payers foot the bill.

        • Look Chah Shway

          It’s not moralism it’s a man who mutilated himself and now thinks he’s a woman

        • Michael Redford

          Deviant.

      • ThosKane

        Apparently you want her using the men’s room, which tells us just how sick and closeted you are.

        • From Ohio

          Your Freudian logic is sheer ignorance, Freud was pedophile and invented his entire process around trying to justify it. Sophists like yourself love to latch onto the twisted preaching of Freud.

        • Michael Redford

          What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

    • Michael Redford

      He’s a man.

      • From Ohio

        Male, obviously not a man.

        • Michael Redford

          Good point.

  • Captain Bats

    Cue all the butthurt social conservatives who have nothing better to do than worry about everyone else’s sexuality.

    • From Ohio

      Says the guy who will sanctimoniously attack anyone not surprised when homosexuals and trannies self-destruct in their 30s and 40s from STDs, HIV, alcohol, and drugs.

  • ThosKane

    Goodbye Sideshow Bob! Welcome, Danica. Justice is served!

    • From Ohio

      Another religious fanatic screeching his dogma.

  • Woody Creed

    I think the Western part of the state is going to break away and join West Virginia. Much more in common than with NoVA.

  • richard bergman

    Virginia is finished as is new jersey

    • MarkY

      VA will be fine as long as the entire wealth of the nation is washed and redistributed through DC and its northern Virginia counties.

  • BlackEagle

    Voted into power by childless liberals, who either don’t know about, or care about the ugly LGBTQ agendas and plans for all the children.

  • PinkPigs

    A man who cuts his male unit off…..puts implants in his chest…..dresses like a woman is now going to legislate.

    What a deranged insane world we are living in.

  • Sparky Mills

    I never thought that Virginia would head down the path of democrat destruction – with so many glaring examples of economic and social decay, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, NYC, etc…

    • From Ohio

      Yes, Democrats imported the third world to Virginia exactly for situations like this.

      • Brandon Mueller

        Jesus, kid…is this all you do all day? Comment terrible things on this dumb message board? Wowee, you’re really getting out there and making a difference, I tell ya whut.

        https://disqus.com/by/ryanmcrowe/?

  • +One

    Virginia used to be a nice state. Now it’s going downhill to Liberal Land.

    • From Ohio

      Northern Virginia is an overcrowded cesspool of liberal carpetbaggers, Hispanic squatters, and indian street crappers.

      • sandman43

        I live here – yes it is true. And they have no intention of assimilating. Enclave after enclave.

        • From Ohio

          Northern Virginia will once again be a bloody battleground in the next civil war.

    • lnm3921

      Liberals will save the world from the swamp you created! We are taking back America for all people not just you good old boys!

  • Sparky Mills

    Leftists never learn until it’s too late – once their “socialist utopia” is realized, i.e, Cuba, Venezuela, Chicago, etc.

    • Arthur Adams

      You pleasure yourself to talk radio, don’t you?

      • Michael Redford

        You’re a pervert.

        • Arthur Adams

          No, just a bit kinky.

          • From Ohio

            You’re a self-righteous clown.

    • Kathy11

      Sweden, Norway, Denmark

      • From Ohio

        Ha! Trying walking around most cities in those countries “Kathy” you’ll probably get harassed or raped by packs of roving Muslims and Africans. If you live to old age then you’re house will actually be seized to be given to expansionist Muslims invaders.

        Go move to your dreamlands, if you dare.

        • Kathy11

          Scandinavia sucks. Low crime, universal heath care, high per capital earnings, great schools and people can afford to have their kids attend college.

          And then there’s Ohio. “Ohio”

          • From Ohio

            Talk to actual Scandinavians, roving packs of Muslims, housing shortages, schools overrun with violent third-worlders, and rapid political polarization.

          • Kathy11

            People are leaving there to move to Ohio in droves. There must be st least three of them!

          • From Ohio

            Your stupidity is becoming incoherent.

          • Kathy11

            I can’t be that stupid- I don’t live in Ohio.

          • From Ohio

            Yes, that’s how arguing works.

          • Kathy11

            “Aha! No, you want room 12A, next door.”

          • From Ohio

            You haven’t paid yet.

          • Kathy11

            We’re all paying

          • Brandon Mueller

            i have. these are all bullshit claims.

          • From Ohio
  • Titan Ted

    Congratulations. You voted in a guy in a dress.

    • Arthur Adams

      I don’t care if she dresses like Carmen Miranda, she beat Sideshow Bob Marshall.

      • MarkY

        “Carmen Miranda”? Please update your repertoire to the 21st Century. Millennials don’t know who that is. How about Miss Piggy or Rosie O’Donnell.

      • From Ohio

        You’re clearly a deeply dogmatic and bigoted person. Anything that conflicts with your liberal religion is automatically worthy of destruction.

      • Titan Ted

        Bold letters don’t change the truth, bud.

      • Titan Ted

        I don’t know who you’re talking about. I was referring to the biological male in the dress.

    • Kathy11

      Congratulations- you lost to her.

      • sandman43

        It’s a man who cut his genitals off – what’s wrong with you?

        • Kathy11

          You’ve looked at her genitals?

          Creepy.

          • Brandon Mueller

            kinda freaky that people walk around all day thinking about other people’s junk…maybe that says something about them as a person? discuss.

          • Kathy11

            It’s indicative of a deep seated psychopathology most often driven by repression leading to a reaction formation.

            You know, creepy people perving out out others publicly.

          • sandman43

            whats creepy is calling a man who cut his genitals off a women and expecting everyone else to do the same.. or else receive the wrath that you two fools are laying out. calling me a psycopath… really? what ridiculous people you are.

          • Kathy11

            No. Creepy is someone perving out on trans women by obsessively posting about their bodies to the exclusion of any other aspects of their humanity.

            Projection is you trying to displace your psychopathology on to others.

            Get help. Before you do something you’ll regret.

          • sandman43

            …. you are clearly not worth engaging. buh bye.

          • Kathy11

            Don’t let the door hit you….

          • sandman43

            What a perverted response. Why am I not surprised?

          • Kathy11

            Because you’re a perv who reduces a person to genitals?

          • sandman43

            how do i reduce a person to their genitals? what does that even mean?

            what i was saying, is very clear if you weren’t so deliberately obtuse. have a good day. or maybe you call it night now?

          • Kathy11

            You’re of course correct- you provided a lengthy and well reasoned review of her platform.

            I kid.

          • sandman43

            ah thank god your kidding. thought you were serious for a minute there. use this next time on your responses : “/sarc”

      • Titan Ted

        I wasn’t running for office. You must be confused. Like the winner of this election.

        • Kathy11

          Yes, I do like the winner of the election.

          You should learn to like losing- you’ll be seeing lots more of it.

          • Titan Ted

            What about “I wasn’t running for office.” do you not understand? Are you truly this dense?

          • Kathy11

            Yep, sore loser

          • Titan Ted

            Thank you for answering my question.

            I get your implication that I’m a Republican and am upset by the guy that wears a dress winning. Perhaps you are assuming things that are not true. In fact, I’m pretty sure you are.

            You should try thinking for yourself sometime rather than being a shill for ANY political party. But I think suggesting that is asking too much.

            Again – Congratulations, VA. You voted in a guy in a dress.

          • Kathy11

            And congratulations on losing – regardless of your party

          • Titan Ted

            For the last time, I did not “lose” anything. I was not running for office, two other men were. Why you cannot understand that is beyond me.

            I imagine you’ll follow up with another nonsensical reply, so thank you in advance.

          • Kathy11

            You’re welcome, loser.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Freak show

  • MarkY

    “will become the first openly transgender ‘person’.” Why are you such a hater Mr. Lavers? If the creature is now female why can’t you at least give it due respect by saying “woman,” do you think it went through all the trouble of getting silicone implants, penectomy, plucked brows, hormones, electrolysis, new wardrobe and make-up so you can call Danica a “person”?

  • sandman43

    Woah – sad to see the Old Dominion over run by DC liberal elites and 3rd worlders. Mordor expands.

  • Suzanne Ledo

    Why are a bunch of ignorant bigots posting on an LGBT site? The closet is pretty crowded.

    • From Ohio

      A deeply hateful comment from a typically narrow-minded liberal who is incapable of seeing past their own self-righteousness.

    • Sad Pepe

      Suzanne Lezbo, your degenerate ways are not welcome in America.

  • Noishkel

    I’m fully ambivalent about Roem’s gender identity. But I’m not very impressed that the media has made more noise her just being elected than any comment about her policies.

    At the end of the day I just can’t care less about the opinions of all these easily trigger snowflake neo-cons that are getting bent out of shape about this. Newsflash: other than idiot SJWs most trans people don’t announce that they’re trans. They just deal with their weird condition

  • lnm3921

    Congratulations for this win and for the New Jessey and VA big wins across the board! We proved that despite the lies Trump and his supporters feed us that Dems can’t win elections, we indeed can and big ones at that! Trump’s support meant nothing! The backlash has started and we will be motivated to continue to defeat Republicans across the country into the Mid-Term elections to put a stop to Trump’s destructive, divisive and incompetent agenda before it does real harm!

    The Polls told us that the Dems were going to win despite Trump supporters saying they were fake. Those polls also tell us that Trump has the lowest approval rating in office since WW2! That tells you that Trump is a fraud and a liar that people do not trust! He’s got to go in 2020. No 2nd term baby!

  • lnm3921

    It must hurt Marshall so much to have been beaten by a transgender woman when he’s so homophobic and transphobic! The hateful face of the GOP! Karma will always get you!

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Somebody was tipping generously for good service, and it wasn’t Bob Marshall (R).

    • From Ohio
    • miseshayekrothbard

      Karma will always get you? I guess that explains how Trump won. You scum have been hating on us humans for 8 years and we finally got back, bigly.

      • lnm3921

        The fake potus has failed ever since in office and will continue to fail his way out of office! He’s a fraud and a pathological liar! Had Obama been able to run a third time he would now be in office!

        As for payback, you told us dems could never win elections again but you LOST bigly in VA and N.J. and will continue to lose! Gloat now and cry later you right-wing cow paddy!

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    You Go, Girls !

  • HS

    If Roem is to be successful, she’d need to shift the focus away from her being trans, which really has nothing to do with her job.

    • From Ohio

      His mental stability and capacity have everything to do with his job, this guy is clearly off his rocker and belongs in mental hospital not a member of the oldest legislative institution in the New World.

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  • Giancarlo Carini

    The right wing gays posting here need to seek out some help. They have deluded ideas.

    Trump lost bigly by about three million votes and in total counting the third parties he lost by ten million. The most unpopular President in history. Even more unpopular than Nixon at his lows.

    It is surprising you self hating right wing gays still have the audacity to post on the internet. You are sad people!

    Oh and the revolution is coming. You republicans will lose 50+ seats in the House next year. You will lose everything by 2020.

  • miseshayekrothbard

    “a district won by Hillary Clinton”
    This is nothing more than tabloid masturbation (which Danica surely still does the way most men do)

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