Virginia's First Trans State Legislator Unseats Transphobic "Bathroom Bill" Writer

Virginia's First Trans State Legislator Unseats Transphobic

Althea Garrison, elected in MA, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature, but did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her race in 1992. In that time, Marshall wrote an anti-gay marriage amendment and sponsored Virginia's transgender bathroom bill (which infamously banned students from using the bathroom that corresponded to their gender identity and required administrators to out trans kids to their parents), as well as a ban on gay people serving in the National Guard-just lots and lots of terrible stuff. Marshall introduced the state's "bathroom bill" and once referred to himself as the state's "chief homophobe".

During the campaign, Ms Roem said that Mr Marshall, who has served in Virginia's House of Delegates since 1992, spent too much time on social policy. "We won because I am a transgender woman.because of my inherent identifiers not despite them". "This is why I ran".

Meanwhile, Marshall also built his campaign by running transphobic attacks on Roem and accusing her of teaching pre-school students about gender identity.

"Ninety-two years later, Seattle is about to have a new woman mayor", she told The Seattle Times after her win.

"No matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love, if you have good public policy ideas, if you're qualified for office, you have every right to bring your ideas to the table", she said.

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Roem is a journalist who worked for nine years reporting for the Gainesville Times and Price William Times.

Democrat Danica Roem tells FOX 5 in Washington that she ran on a platform to improve the areas congested roads and make the General Assembly more transparent. Her first move was talking to Senator Mark Warner after her win on Tuesday night, specifically about the traffic lights on Route 28.

On Tuesday night after she was declared victor, Roem displayed the same sense of composure that she did in the face of anti-trans insults from her opponent over the past few months.

Roem also says she believes transparency and accountability are extremely important to the legislative process, and how Virginians perceive it.

The delegate-elect also stressed that she doesn't need money from for-profit corporations to be a success in Richmond, and she won't take them.

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