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Roem defeats Marshall in Va. House of Delegates race

Former journalist to be first trans person in any state legislature

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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.

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269 Comments

  1. From Ohio

    November 7, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Sickening

    • scream4ever

      November 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

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

      • From Ohio

        November 7, 2017 at 8:17 pm

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

        • Arthur Adams

          November 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm

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

          • Arthur Adams

            November 7, 2017 at 8:29 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm

            You tell me, you’re the sophist.

          • Arthur Adams

            November 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm

            You used the word first.

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 8:32 pm

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

          • Captain Bats

            November 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

            I’m tired of self-righteous screeching.

          • Arthur Adams

            November 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm

            Then stop talking.

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm

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

          • Josh Weaver

            November 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

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

          • Chaz54

            November 9, 2017 at 12:50 am

            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

          November 7, 2017 at 9:17 pm

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

      • richard bergman

        November 7, 2017 at 8:47 pm

        Virginia is finished
        Would you move there?

      • Sparky Mills

        November 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

        You must be on the wrong article.

      • Michael Redford

        November 7, 2017 at 9:12 pm

        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

        November 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

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

        • From Ohio

          November 7, 2017 at 10:08 pm

          HIS hair.

      • sandman43

        November 7, 2017 at 9:51 pm

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

    • Arthur Adams

      November 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm

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

      • From Ohio

        November 7, 2017 at 8:17 pm

        He lost to a very, very sick man.

        • Kathy11

          November 7, 2017 at 9:04 pm

          It was God’s will that she win.

          • Arthur Adams

            November 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm

            Her will be done.

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

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

      • Guatemala

        November 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm

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

        • From Ohio

          November 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm

          Like any other man’s.

  2. Arthur Adams

    November 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

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

  3. Union Lacktivist

    November 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    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

      November 7, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      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

        November 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm

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

        • Arthur Adams

          November 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

          You mean the traffic congestion issues Roem campaigned on?

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm

            What the traffic congestation that is his deeply disturbed mind?

          • Mark Hatchett

            November 8, 2017 at 8:06 am

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

        • Kathy11

          November 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm

          Help! You were bullied by a middle aged woman!

          • Michael Redford

            November 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

            Man. Get a clue.

          • Kathy11

            November 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 7:05 pm

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm

            I welcome your hate.

          • From Ohio

            November 8, 2017 at 11:10 pm

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

          • Kathy11

            November 9, 2017 at 7:00 am

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

            Yep – you’re the more intolerant

          • From Ohio

            November 9, 2017 at 8:41 am

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 11:09 pm

            Liberalism is dementia to civilization.

          • lnm3921

            November 9, 2017 at 10:38 pm

            Liberals are beautiful while cons are constipated!

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 9:36 pm

            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

            November 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm

            And you’re afraid of them.

        • Brandon Mueller

          November 8, 2017 at 2:01 am

          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

        November 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

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

        • ed

          November 8, 2017 at 11:39 am

          why are they sexually deviant?

          • Michael Redford

            November 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm

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

          • ed

            November 9, 2017 at 4:01 am

            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

            November 10, 2017 at 10:52 pm

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

    • Michael Redford

      November 7, 2017 at 9:16 pm

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

      • Brandon Mueller

        November 8, 2017 at 2:12 am

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

        • Michael Redford

          November 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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

  4. AltVoice

    November 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    This sure beats Sodom and Gomorrah.

  5. Mark Hatchett

    November 7, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Virginia is no more.

    • From Ohio

      November 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

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

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    • Kathy11

      November 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      I remember you way back when your name was Molly.

      • lnm3921

        November 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm

        I’ve always known him as a-hole!

      • Chaz54

        November 9, 2017 at 12:22 am

        Now that’s a great reply… brava!!

    • Josh Weaver

      November 7, 2017 at 9:14 pm

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

      • From Ohio

        November 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm

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

        • lnm3921

          November 8, 2017 at 12:06 am

          Your ilk sure isn’t!

          • From Ohio

            November 8, 2017 at 11:06 pm

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

          • lnm3921

            November 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

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

        • Chaz54

          November 8, 2017 at 11:04 pm

          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

            November 8, 2017 at 11:05 pm

            What are you even saying?

          • Chaz54

            November 8, 2017 at 11:19 pm

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 11:22 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 12:33 am

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

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

          • From Ohio

            November 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

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

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:35 am

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

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

          • From Ohio

            November 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:40 am

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

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

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:43 am

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

      • John Shrewsbury

        November 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm

        Don’t forget Tennessee.

    • sandman43

      November 7, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      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

        November 8, 2017 at 12:07 am

        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

          November 8, 2017 at 8:54 am

          Yeah – Europe is great… you should go there permenantly

          • lnm3921

            November 8, 2017 at 7:54 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 8, 2017 at 11:07 pm

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

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

            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.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

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

          • lnm3921

            November 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm

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

          • lnm3921

            November 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

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

          • Chaz54

            November 8, 2017 at 11:07 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

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

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

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

          • sandman43

            November 9, 2017 at 11:35 am

            yeah – name calling. thats good.

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:37 am

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

          • From Ohio

            November 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

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

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

            Better being that then an unemployed and uneducated Trump supporter.

          • sandman43

            November 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

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

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

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

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:52 am

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

          • sandman43

            November 9, 2017 at 11:52 am

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

          • Giancarlo Carini

            November 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

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

          • sandman43

            November 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

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

          • Chaz54

            November 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm

            Good for you?

          • Chaz54

            November 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

            Yeah, I’m smoking a cigarette…

          • sandman43

            November 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm

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

          • sandman43

            November 9, 2017 at 12:58 pm

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

            You make this a lesser country friend.

          • Chaz54

            November 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

            So happy we are now friends!

          • sandman43

            November 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm

            Me too :)

          • Chaz54

            November 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 8:52 pm

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

          • Chaz54

            November 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm

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

        • From Ohio

          November 8, 2017 at 11:07 pm

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

          • lnm3921

            November 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 10:24 pm

            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

          November 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

          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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:35 am

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 11:51 am

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm

            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

      November 8, 2017 at 12:04 am

      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

      November 8, 2017 at 5:50 am

      No more what?

    • Chaz54

      November 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

      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

        November 9, 2017 at 6:29 am

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

        • Chaz54

          November 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm

          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

            November 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 1:29 pm

            Thank you for you BS total nonsense.

          • Chaz54

            November 9, 2017 at 4:17 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 6:18 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm

            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

            November 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm

            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!

  6. Noishkel

    November 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    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

      November 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm

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

      • Noishkel

        November 7, 2017 at 8:32 pm

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

        Free helicopter rides for moralist.

        • From Ohio

          November 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm

          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

            November 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm

            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

            November 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm

            You like to read about transgender women’s vaginas?

            Interesting

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 10:43 pm

            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

            November 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm

            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

          November 7, 2017 at 8:41 pm

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

        • Michael Redford

          November 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm

          Deviant.

      • ThosKane

        November 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm

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

        • From Ohio

          November 7, 2017 at 8:44 pm

          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

          November 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

          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

      November 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      He’s a man.

      • From Ohio

        November 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm

        Male, obviously not a man.

        • Michael Redford

          November 8, 2017 at 7:06 pm

          Good point.

  7. Captain Bats

    November 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm

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

    • From Ohio

      November 7, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      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.

  8. ThosKane

    November 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

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

    • From Ohio

      November 7, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Another religious fanatic screeching his dogma.

  9. Woody Creed

    November 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm

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

  10. richard bergman

    November 7, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Virginia is finished as is new jersey

    • MarkY

      November 7, 2017 at 9:38 pm

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

  11. BlackEagle

    November 7, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    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.

  12. PinkPigs

    November 7, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    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.

  13. Sparky Mills

    November 7, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    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

      November 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm

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

      • Brandon Mueller

        November 8, 2017 at 11:45 am

        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/?

  14. +One

    November 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

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

    • From Ohio

      November 7, 2017 at 9:39 pm

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

      • sandman43

        November 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm

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

        • From Ohio

          November 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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

    • lnm3921

      November 8, 2017 at 12:09 am

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

  15. Sparky Mills

    November 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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

    • Arthur Adams

      November 7, 2017 at 9:03 pm

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

      • Michael Redford

        November 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        You’re a pervert.

        • Arthur Adams

          November 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm

          No, just a bit kinky.

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 9:46 pm

            You’re a self-righteous clown.

    • Kathy11

      November 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Sweden, Norway, Denmark

      • From Ohio

        November 7, 2017 at 9:46 pm

        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

          November 7, 2017 at 10:39 pm

          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

            November 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm

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

          • Kathy11

            November 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm

            Your stupidity is becoming incoherent.

          • Kathy11

            November 7, 2017 at 10:54 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 10:55 pm

            Yes, that’s how arguing works.

          • Kathy11

            November 7, 2017 at 11:00 pm

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

          • From Ohio

            November 7, 2017 at 11:00 pm

            You haven’t paid yet.

          • Kathy11

            November 7, 2017 at 11:01 pm

            We’re all paying

          • Brandon Mueller

            November 8, 2017 at 2:12 am

            i have. these are all bullshit claims.

  16. Titan Ted

    November 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Congratulations. You voted in a guy in a dress.

    • Arthur Adams

      November 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

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

      • MarkY

        November 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        “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

        November 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm

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

      • Titan Ted

        November 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm

        Bold letters don’t change the truth, bud.

      • Titan Ted

        November 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

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

    • Kathy11

      November 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Congratulations- you lost to her.

      • sandman43

        November 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm

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

        • Kathy11

          November 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

          You’ve looked at her genitals?

          Creepy.

          • Brandon Mueller

            November 8, 2017 at 2:14 am

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 6:45 am

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 11:37 am

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

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

          • Kathy11

            November 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

            Don’t let the door hit you….

          • sandman43

            November 8, 2017 at 8:53 am

            What a perverted response. Why am I not surprised?

          • Kathy11

            November 8, 2017 at 9:02 am

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

          • sandman43

            November 8, 2017 at 10:32 am

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

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

            I kid.

          • sandman43

            November 8, 2017 at 10:58 am

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

      • Titan Ted

        November 7, 2017 at 9:52 pm

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

        • Kathy11

          November 7, 2017 at 10:34 pm

          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

            November 8, 2017 at 7:54 am

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

          • Kathy11

            November 8, 2017 at 8:38 am

            Yep, sore loser

          • Titan Ted

            November 8, 2017 at 9:09 am

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 9:20 am

            And congratulations on losing – regardless of your party

          • Titan Ted

            November 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

            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

            November 8, 2017 at 10:52 am

            You’re welcome, loser.

  17. Bruce Wayne

    November 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Freak show

  18. MarkY

    November 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    “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”?

  19. sandman43

    November 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm

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

  20. Suzanne Ledo

    November 7, 2017 at 9:58 pm

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

    • From Ohio

      November 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

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

    • Sad Pepe

      November 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm

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

  21. Noishkel

    November 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    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

  22. lnm3921

    November 8, 2017 at 12:14 am

    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!

  23. lnm3921

    November 8, 2017 at 12:18 am

    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

      November 8, 2017 at 6:36 am

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

    • miseshayekrothbard

      November 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      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

        November 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm

        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!

  24. LesbianTippingHabits

    November 8, 2017 at 6:36 am


    You Go, Girls !

  25. HS

    November 8, 2017 at 8:15 am

    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

      November 8, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      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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    November 9, 2017 at 6:34 am

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  27. Giancarlo Carini

    November 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

    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.

  28. miseshayekrothbard

    November 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    “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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Equality Act, contorted as a danger by anti-LGBTQ forces, is all but dead

No political willpower to force vote or reach a compromise

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Despite having President Biden in the White House and Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, efforts to update federal civil rights laws to strengthen the prohibition on discrimination against LGBTQ people by passing the Equality Act are all but dead as opponents of the measure have contorted it beyond recognition.

Political willpower is lacking to find a compromise that would be acceptable to enough Republican senators to end a filibuster on the bill — a tall order in any event — nor is there the willpower to force a vote on the Equality Act as opponents stoke fears about transgender kids in sports and not even unanimity in the Democratic caucus in favor of the bill is present, stakeholders who spoke to the Blade on condition of anonymity said.

In fact, there are no imminent plans to hold a vote on the legislation even though Pride month is days away, which would be an opportune time for Congress to demonstrate solidarity with the LGBTQ community by holding a vote on the legislation.

If the Equality Act were to come up for a Senate vote in the next month, it would not have the support to pass. Continued assurances that bipartisan talks are continuing on the legislation have yielded no evidence of additional support, let alone the 10 Republicans needed to end a filibuster.

“I haven’t really heard an update either way, which is usually not good,” one Democratic insider said. “My understanding is that our side was entrenched in a no-compromise mindset and with [Sen. Joe] Manchin saying he didn’t like the bill, it doomed it this Congress. And the bullying of hundreds of trans athletes derailed our message and our arguments of why it was broadly needed.”

The only thing keeping the final nail from being hammered into the Equality Act’s coffin is the unwillingness of its supporters to admit defeat. Other stakeholders who spoke to the Blade continued to assert bipartisan talks are ongoing, strongly pushing back on any conclusion the legislation is dead.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the Equality Act is “alive and well,” citing widespread public support he said includes “the majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents and a growing number of communities across the country engaging and mobilizing every day in support of the legislation.”

“They understand the urgent need to pass this bill and stand up for LGBTQ people across our country,” David added. “As we engage with elected officials, we have confidence that Congress will listen to the voices of their constituents and continue fighting for the Equality Act through the lengthy legislative process.  We will also continue our unprecedented campaign to grow the already-high public support for a popular bill that will save lives and make our country fairer and more equal for all. We will not stop until the Equality Act is passed.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), chief sponsor of the Equality Act in the Senate, also signaled through a spokesperson work continues on the legislation, refusing to give up on expectations the legislation would soon become law.

“Sen. Merkley and his staff are in active discussions with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to try to get this done,” McLennan said. “We definitely see it as a key priority that we expect to become law.”

A spokesperson Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had promised to force a vote on the Equality Act in the Senate on the day the U.S. House approved it earlier this year, pointed to a March 25 “Dear Colleague” letter in which he identified the Equality Act as one of several bills he’d bring up for a vote.

Despite any assurances, the hold up on the bill is apparent. Although the U.S. House approved the legislation earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee hasn’t even reported out the bill yet to the floor in the aftermath of the first-ever Senate hearing on the bill in March. A Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic aide, however, disputed that inaction as evidence the Equality Act is dead in its tracks: “Bipartisan efforts on a path forward are ongoing.”

Democrats are quick to blame Republicans for inaction on the Equality Act, but with Manchin withholding his support for the legislation they can’t even count on the entirety of their caucus to vote “yes” if it came to the floor. Progressives continue to advocate an end to the filibuster to advance legislation Biden has promised as part of his agenda, but even if they were to overcome headwinds and dismantle the institution needing 60 votes to advance legislation, the Equality Act would likely not have majority support to win approval in the Senate with a 50-50 party split.

The office of Manchin, who has previously said he couldn’t support the Equality Act over concerns about public schools having to implement the transgender protections applying to sports and bathrooms, hasn’t responded to multiple requests this year from the Blade on the legislation and didn’t respond to a request to comment for this article.

Meanwhile, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who declined to co-sponsor the Equality Act this year after having signed onto the legislation in the previous Congress, insisted through a spokesperson talks are still happening across the aisle despite the appearances the legislation is dead.

“There continues to be bipartisan support for passing a law that protects the civil rights of Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Annie Clark, a Collins spokesperson. “The Equality Act was a starting point for negotiations, and in its current form, it cannot pass. That’s why there are ongoing discussions among senators and stakeholders about a path forward.”

Let’s face it: Anti-LGBTQ forces have railroaded the debate by making the Equality Act about an end to women’s sports by allowing transgender athletes and danger to women in sex-segregated places like bathrooms and prisons. That doesn’t even get into resolving the issue on drawing the line between civil rights for LGBTQ people and religious freedom, which continues to be litigated in the courts as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day now to issue a ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia to determine if foster care agencies can reject same-sex couples over religious objections.

For transgender Americans, who continue to report discrimination and violence at high rates, the absence of the Equality Act may be most keenly felt.

Mara Keisling, outgoing executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, disputed any notion the Equality Act is dead and insisted the legislation is “very much alive.”

“We remain optimistic despite misinformation from the opposition,” Keisling said. “NCTE and our movement partners are still working fruitfully on the Equality Act with senators. In fact, we are gaining momentum with all the field organizing we’re doing, like phone banking constituents to call their senators. Legislating takes time. Nothing ever gets through Congress quickly. We expect to see a vote during this Congress, and we are hopeful we can win.”

But one Democratic source said calls to members of Congress against the Equality Act, apparently coordinated by groups like the Heritage Foundation, have has outnumbered calls in favor of it by a substantial margin, with a particular emphasis on Manchin.

No stories are present in the media about same-sex couples being kicked out of a restaurant for holding hands or transgender people for using the restroom consistent with their gender identity, which would be perfectly legal in 25 states thanks to the patchwork of civil rights laws throughout the United States and inadequate protections under federal law.

Tyler Deaton, senior adviser for the American Unity Fund, which has bolstered the Republican-led Fairness for All Act as an alternative to the Equality Act, said he continues to believe the votes are present for a compromise form of the bill.

“I know for a fact there is a supermajority level of support in the Senate for a version of the Equality Act that is fully protective of both LGBTQ civil rights and religious freedom,” Deaton said. “There is interest on both sides of the aisle in getting something done this Congress.”

Deaton, however, didn’t respond to a follow-up inquiry on what evidence exists of agreeing on this compromise.

Biden has already missed the goal he campaigned on in the 2020 election to sign the Equality Act into law within his first 100 days in office. Although Biden renewed his call to pass the legislation in his speech to Congress last month, as things stand now that appears to be a goal he won’t realize for the remainder of this Congress.

Nor has the Biden administration made the Equality Act an issue for top officials within the administration as it pushes for an infrastructure package as a top priority. One Democratic insider said Louisa Terrell, legislative affairs director for the White House, delegated work on the Equality Act to a deputy as opposed to handling it herself.

To be sure, Biden has demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community through executive action at an unprecedented rate, signing an executive order on day one ordering federal agencies to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bostock v. Clayton County to the fullest extent possible and dismantling former President Trump’s transgender military ban. Biden also made historic LGBTQ appointments with the confirmation of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health.

A White House spokesperson insisted Biden’s team across the board remains committed to the Equality Act, pointing to his remarks to Congress.

“President Biden has urged Congress to get the Equality Act to his desk so he can sign it into law and provide long overdue civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ Americans, and he remains committed to seeing this legislation passed as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said. “The White House and its entire legislative team remains in ongoing and close coordination with organizations, leaders, members of Congress, including the Equality Caucus, and staff to ensure we are working across the aisle to push the Equality Act forward.”

But at least in the near-term, that progress will fall short of fulfilling the promise of updating federal civil rights law with the Equality Act, which will mean LGBTQ people won’t be able to rely on those protections when faced with discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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D.C. bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense delayed by Capitol security

Delivery of bill to Congress was held up due to protocols related to Jan. 6 riots

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New fencing around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented some D.C. bills from being delivered to the Hill for a required congressional review. (Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A bill approved unanimously last December by the D.C. Council to ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense has been delayed from taking effect as a city law because the fence installed around the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented the law from being delivered to Congress.

According to Eric Salmi, communications director for D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who guided the bill through the Council’s legislative process, all bills approved by the Council and signed by the D.C. mayor must be hand-delivered to Congress for a required congressional review.

“What happened was when the Capitol fence went up after the January insurrection, it created an issue where we physically could not deliver laws to Congress per the congressional review period,” Salmi told the Washington Blade.

Among the bills that could not immediately be delivered to Congress was the Bella Evangelista and Tony Hunter Panic Defense Prohibition and Hate Crimes Response Amendment Act of 2020, which was approved by the Council on a second and final vote on Dec. 15.

Between the time the bill was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and published in the D.C. Register under procedural requirements for all bills, it was not ready to be transmitted to Congress until Feb. 16, the Council’s legislative record for the bill shows.

Salmi said the impasse in delivering the bill to Congress due to the security fence prevented the bill from reaching Congress on that date and prevented the mandatory 60-day congressional review period for this bill from beginning at that time. He noted that most bills require a 30 legislative day review by Congress.

But the Evangelista-Hunter bill, named after a transgender woman and a gay man who died in violent attacks by perpetrators who attempted to use the trans and gay panic defense, includes a law enforcement related provision that under the city’s Home Rule Charter passed by Congress in the early 1970s requires a 60-day congressional review.

“There is a chance it goes into effect any day now, just given the timeline is close to being up,” Salmi said on Tuesday. “I don’t know the exact date it was delivered, but I do know the countdown is on,” said Salmi, who added, “I would expect any day now it should go into effect and there’s nothing stopping it other than an insurrection in January.”

If the delivery to Congress had not been delayed, the D.C. Council’s legislative office estimated the congressional review would have been completed by May 12.

A congressional source who spoke on condition of being identified only as a senior Democratic aide, said the holdup of D.C. bills because of the Capitol fence has been corrected.

“The House found an immediate workaround, when this issue first arose after the Jan. 6 insurrection,” the aide said.

“This is yet another reason why D.C. Council bills should not be subject to a congressional review period and why we need to grant D.C. statehood,” the aide said.

The aide added that while no disapproval resolution had been introduced in Congress to overturn the D.C. Evangelista-Hunter bill, House Democrats would have defeated such a resolution.

“House Democrats support D.C. home rule, statehood, and LGBTQ rights,” said the aide.

LGBTQ rights advocates have argued that a ban on using a gay or transgender panic defense in criminal trials is needed to prevent defense attorneys from inappropriately asking juries to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression is to blame for a defendant’s criminal act, including murder.

Some attorneys have argued that their clients “panicked” after discovering the person against whom they committed a violent crime was gay or transgender, prompting them to act in a way they believed to be a form of self-defense.

In addition to its provision banning the LGBTQ panic defense, the Evangelista-Hunter bill includes a separate provision that strengthens the city’s existing hate crimes law by clarifying that hatred need not be the sole motivating factor for an underlying crime such as assault, murder, or threats to be prosecuted as a hate crime.

LGBTQ supportive prosecutors have said the clarification was needed because it is often difficult to prove to a jury that hatred is the only motive behind a violent crime. The prosecutors noted that juries have found defendants not guilty of committing a hate crime on grounds that they believed other motives were involved in a particular crime after defense lawyers argued that the law required “hate” to be the only motive in order to find someone guilty of a hate crime.

Salmi noted that while the hate crime clarification and panic defense prohibition provisions of the Evangelista-Hunter bill will become law as soon as the congressional review is completed, yet another provision in the bill will not become law after the congressional review because there are insufficient funds in the D.C. budget to cover the costs of implementing the provision.

The provision gives the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the Office of the D.C. Attorney General authority to investigate hate related discrimination at places of public accommodation. Salmi said the provision expands protections against discrimination to include web-based retailers or online delivery services that are not physically located in D.C.

“That is subject to appropriations,” Salmi said. “And until it is funded in the upcoming budget it cannot be legally enforced.”

He said that at Council member Allen’s request, the Council added language to the bill that ensures that all other provisions of the legislation that do not require additional funding – including the ban on use of the LGBTQ panic defense and the provision clarifying that hatred doesn’t have to be the sole motive for a hate crime – will take effect as soon as the congressional approval process is completed.

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D.C. man charged with 2020 anti-gay death threat rearrested

Defendant implicated in three anti-LGBTQ incidents since 2011

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A D.C. man arrested in August 2020 for allegedly threatening to kill a gay man outside the victim’s apartment in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood and who was released while awaiting trial was arrested again two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill another man in an unrelated incident.

D.C. Superior Court records show that Jalal Malki, who was 37 at the time of his 2020 arrest on a charge of bias-related attempts to do bodily harm against the gay man, was charged on May 4, 2021 with unlawful entry, simple assault, threats to kidnap and injure a person, and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon against the owner of a vacant house at 4412 Georgia Ave., N.W.

Court charging documents state that Malki was allegedly staying at the house without permission as a squatter. An arrest affidavit filed in court by D.C. police says Malki allegedly threatened to kill the man who owns the house shortly after the man arrived at the house while Malki was inside.

According to the affidavit, Malki walked up to the owner of the house while the owner was sitting in his car after having called police and told him, “If you come back here, I’m going to kill you.” While making that threat Malki displayed what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, but which was later found to be a toy gun, the affidavit says.

Malki then walked back inside the house minutes before police arrived and arrested him. Court records show that similar to the court proceedings following his 2020 arrest for threatening the gay man, a judge in the latest case ordered Malki released while awaiting trial. In both cases, the judge ordered him to stay away from the two men he allegedly threatened to kill.

An arrest affidavit filed by D.C. police in the 2020 case states that Malki allegedly made the threats inside an apartment building where the victim lived on the 2300 block of Champlain Street, N.W. It says Malki was living in a nearby building but often visited the building where the victim lived.

“Victim 1 continued to state during an interview that it was not the first time that Defendant 1 had made threats to him, but this time Defendant 1 stated that if he caught him outside, he would ‘fucking kill him.’” the affidavit says. It quotes the victim as saying during this time Malki repeatedly called the victim a “fucking faggot.”

The affidavit, prepared by the arresting officers, says that after the officers arrested Malki and were leading him to a police transport vehicle to be booked for the arrest, he expressed an “excited utterance” that he was “in disbelief that officers sided with the ‘fucking faggot.’”

Court records show that Malki is scheduled to appear in court on June 4 for a status hearing for both the 2020 arrest and the arrest two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill the owner of the house in which police say he was illegally squatting.

Superior Court records show that Malki had been arrested three times between 2011 and 2015 in cases unrelated to the 2021 and 2020 cases for allegedly also making threats of violence against people. Two of the cases appear to be LGBTQ related, but prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not list the cases as hate crimes.

In the first of the three cases, filed in July 2011, Malki allegedly shoved a man inside Dupont Circle and threatened to kill him after asking the man why he was wearing a purple shirt.

“Victim 1 believes the assault occurred because Suspect 1 believes Victim 1 is a homosexual,” the police arrest affidavit says.

Court records show prosecutors charged Malki with simple assault and threats to do bodily harm in the case. But the court records show that on Sept. 13, 2011, D.C. Superior Court Judge Stephen F. Eilperin found Malki not guilty on both charges following a non-jury trial.

The online court records do not state why the judge rendered a not guilty verdict. With the courthouse currently closed to the public and the press due to COVID-related restrictions, the Washington Blade couldn’t immediately obtain the records to determine the judge’s reason for the verdict.

In the second case, court records show Malki was arrested by D.C. police outside the Townhouse Tavern bar and restaurant at 1637 R St., N.W. on Nov. 7, 2012 for allegedly threatening one or more people with a knife after employees ordered Malki to leave the establishment for “disorderly behavior.”

At the time, the Townhouse Tavern was located next door to the gay nightclub Cobalt, which before going out of business two years ago, was located at the corner of 17th and R Streets, N.W.

The police arrest affidavit in the case says Malki allegedly pointed a knife in a threatening way at two of the tavern’s employees who blocked his path when he attempted to re-enter the tavern. The affidavit says he was initially charged by D.C. police with assault with a dangerous weapon – knife. Court records, however, show that prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office lowered the charges to two counts of simple assault. The records show that on Jan. 15, 2013, Malki pleaded guilty to the two charges as part of a plea bargain arrangement.

The records show that Judge Marissa Demeo on that same day issued a sentence of 30 days for each of the two charges but suspended all 30 days for both counts. She then sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for both charges and ordered that he undergo alcohol and drug testing and undergo treatment if appropriate.

In the third case prior to the 2020 and 2021 cases, court records show Malki was arrested outside the Cobalt gay nightclub on March 14, 2015 on multiple counts of simple assault, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon – knife, possession of a prohibited weapon – knife, and unlawful entry.

The arrest affidavit says an altercation started on the sidewalk outside the bar when for unknown reasons, Malki grabbed a female customer who was outside smoking and attempted to pull her toward him. When her female friend came to her aid, Malki allegedly got “aggressive” by threatening the woman and “removed what appeared to be a knife from an unknown location” and pointed it at the woman’s friend in a threatening way, the affidavit says.

It says a Cobalt employee minutes later ordered Malki to leave the area and he appeared to do so. But others noticed that he walked toward another entrance door to Cobalt and attempted to enter the establishment knowing he had been ordered not to return because of previous problems with his behavior, the affidavit says. When he attempted to push away another employee to force his way into Cobalt, Malki fell to the ground during a scuffle and other employees held him on the ground while someone else called D.C. police.

Court records show that similar to all of Malki’s arrests, a judge released him while awaiting trial and ordered him to stay away from Cobalt and all of those he was charged with threatening and assaulting.

The records show that on Sept. 18, 2015, Malki agreed to a plea bargain offer by prosecutors in which all except two of the charges – attempted possession of a prohibited weapon and simple assault – were dropped. Judge Alfred S. Irving Jr. on Oct. 2, 2015 sentenced Malki to 60 days of incarnation for each of the two charges but suspended all but five days, which he allowed Malki to serve on weekends, the court records show.

The judge ordered that the two five-day jail terms could be served concurrently, meaning just five days total would be served, according to court records. The records also show that Judge Irving sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for each of the two counts and ordered that he enter an alcohol treatment program and stay away from Cobalt.

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