NEW YORK POST – DAVID K. LI
A transgender woman won election to the Virginia state house on Tuesday, ousting a long-time incumbent who had led efforts to restrict bathrooms to transgender people, according to a report.
Danica Roem, 33 became the first openly transgender person ever elected in the commonwealth by defeating Robert Marshall, 73, for a House of Delegates seat out of Prince William County, the Washington Post reported.
Marshall earlier this year sponsored the “Physical Privacy Act,” modeled after controversial bathroom legislation passed in North Carolina.
The bill died in committee, but energized LBGT activists – among them Roem, a journalist who came out as transgender in 2013.
The Virginia GOP unleashed an ad against Roem in which they used deliberately used the wrong gender to describe the Democrat by mentioning comments made in “his own words.”