Virginia elected a cross-dressing man for Delegate in the state's district 13 on Tuesday. Danica Roem, 33, a gender confused man, defeated 13-term incumbent Republican Robert G. Marshall, who dubbed himself the state's "chief homophobe."
Roem, a Democrat and punk rocker, becomes the nation’s first openly transsexual state lawmaker. He suffers from a mental disorder, gender dysphoria, that requires him to take hormones to suppress his masculine features.
Roem will earn the state minimum of $17,640 per year as a legislator. Which means he will still need a part-time job to make ends meet.
In 2016, Marshall introduced a "bathroom bill" that would require men in dresses to use the bathroom that corresponds to his biological sex.
The bill would also have required public school principals to notify a child’s parents within 24 hours if he or she asked to be treated as transgender. The bill was rejected in January.
“Discrimination is a disqualifier,” Roem said on Tuesday night during his victory speech. “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.”
Tuesday was a win for Democrats who held onto seats in blue states in the east. Democrat Phil Murphy replaced Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey.
Andrea Jenkins, a cross-dressing man of color, was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, making him the first openly transsexual black man ever elected to public office in the U.S.
President Donald trump took a swipe at Republican Ed Gillespie who was defeated by a Democrat for Virginia governor on Tuesday.
"Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for," Trump tweeted in reference to the anti-Trump gubernatorial candidate. "Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!"
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017