Exclusive: Danica Roem Defeats 'homophobe' Republican to become The First Transgender Member of State Legislature!
A history was made on Tuesday night, November 7, 2017, as a Virginia politician, Danica Roem became the first openly transgender individual to become a member of state legislature!
The thirty-two-year-old Danica won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates after she defeated Republican incumbent Del. Robert G. Marshall, a politician who embraced an anti-LGBTQ agenda.
The 73-year-old Republican Marshall, who called himself the states ‘chief homophobe,’ is the most anti-LGBTQ politician in America who held the seat since 1992.
This one's over, folks. Danica Roem becomes the 1st transgender delegate in VA history, trounces opponent who refused to debate or call her "she." pic.twitter.com/jE6q7iReUI — Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) November 8, 2017
According to Virginia Department of Elections-
“As of 9:07 p.m. ET, Democratic candidate Roem had 54.59% of the votes to Marshall's 45.36%, with 19 of 20 precincts reporting.”
A jubilant Danica said-
“Discrimination is a disqualifier, This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias . . . where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.”
According to Monica Roberts, Danica is the first openly transgender lawmaker elected in Virginia. Danica was able to send a powerful message to anti-trans legislators all across the nation with her victory.
Well, there are a number of congratulations and well-wishes showering for Danica, who view her gender identity as her strength.
Couldn’t be more thrilled for Danica Roem. And good riddance to Bob Marshall, one of the most anti-choice, and anti-LGBTQ members of the VA House. https://t.co/AQfdW4oKRh — Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) November 8, 2017
Congratulations to @EmergeVirginia alum @pwcdanica on her historic win tonight for the Virginia House of Delegates! We are so proud to know you. #EmergeNow pic.twitter.com/7cQoMJsGc4 — Emerge America (@EmergeAmerica) November 8, 2017
BREAKING: @pwcdanica has won the election for HD13 in the Virginia Assembly, flipping the seat from red to blue. Congratulations, Danica! pic.twitter.com/gxvDsh5I9H — DLCC (@TheDLCC) November 8, 2017
@pwcdanica congratulations! So happy for your win! Look forward to seeing what you do for the folks in your community!#VirginiaElections — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 8, 2017
Danica has allowed us to read her professional career like an open book, but her personal life is something that is very private. In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine in September 2017, Danica revealed that she doesn’t like to talk about her family life to the media. She aggressively said,
“I don't want to expose my family to this shit,”
Talking about Danica’s love life, she isn’t married but has a boyfriend who has been with her for two years. Her partner also has a 9-year-old daughter whom she considers as her step-daughter.
Since Danica has always been miles away when it comes to revealing the information about her personal life, she hasn’t confirmed whether she has any plans of turning her boyfriend into her husband or not.
So keep visiting to be the first to know if anything comes up on the matter!