VIRGINIA: Trans Candidate Danica Roem Unseats Viciously Anti-LGBT State House Rep. Bob Marshall

Vox reports:

A Virginia politician made history Tuesday night, becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to any state legislature in the United States. Danica Roem, 32, just won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, defeating Republican incumbent Robert Marshall in the 13th District.

Roem, a former journalist, won a surprise victory in the Democratic primary in June. She took on the ultra-conservative Marshall, who has been in office for more than 20 years and who has taken anti-LGBTQ stances. For instance, he proposed the state’s (ultimately failed) “bathroom bill” that would have required transgender people to use the public restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate.


In December 2016, Marshall introduced a resolution calling porn a “public health hazard like smoking.” In December 2015, Marshall introduced a bill to override federal LGBT protections.

In November 2014, Marshall badly lost his bid for the US House despite a glowing endorsement from Phyllis Schlafly. In June 2014, Marshall claimed that all charities will lose their tax exempt status following the legalization of same-sex marriage.

In February 2014, Marshall filed an amendment that would grant Virginia state legislators the right to claiming standing in marriage lawsuits. In September 2013, Marshall petitioned the US Supreme Court to overturn Virginia’s legalization of sodomy.

In May 2012, Marshall attempted to block the appointment of an openly gay state judge because the nominee has “an illegal husband.”

In 2011, Marshall claimed it is a felony for a state office to fly the rainbow flag. Marshall has also called on Virginia to issue its own currency, and has claimed that God punishes women who have abortions by giving them deformed children. After the DADT repeal bill passed, Marshall tried to have gays banned from the Virginia National Guard.

  • Yay! New thread!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well, if nothing else, it appears one thing is clear: Virginia learned from its mistake…and that’s a good thing.

  • DaddyRay

    This was the best news of the evening

    • blackstar

      Sweet. A Big Cherry on the Pie.

      • Ginger Snap

        I’m going for a full cherry pie on this one.

  • Oscarlating Wildely
  • Ugh… Chris Matthews is doing another MSNBC Hardball ep live. Oh well, can’t dampen my good mood right now.

    • TampaDink

      I’m disappointed as well. I rely on the midnight rerun of T.R.M.S. on evenings like tonight when I couldn’t watch at 9.

  • Leo
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      And when he returns: “Welcome to your new home, asshole.”

    • JAKvirginia

      Who will be vetting him?

  • fuzzybits

    Yay! 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂

  • bkmn

    Karma is a bitch, right Bob Marshall?

  • Moebym of the Returners

    A most satisfying and well-deserved upset.

    • coram nobis

      The right person won. The right monster lost.

  • Lazycrockett

    Joe got away from the pesky Germans!!

  • fuzzybits
    • Snarkaholic

      I break tradition
      Sometimes my tries are outside the lines ~Natasha Bedingfield

    • leastyebejudged

      I can’t believe it’s been 14 years….

    • TuuxKabin

      Gawd do I miss him.

      From Tim Buckley:

      The antique people are fading out slowly
      Like newspapers flaming in mind suicide
      Godless and sexless directionless loons
      Their sham sandcastles dissolve in the tide
      They put on their deathmasks and compromise daily
      The new children will live for the elders have died
      And I wave goodbye to America
      And smile hello to the world

  • DaddyRay

    Toxic Trump

  • Girlgoon

    HELL YEAH !!!

  • bkmn

    Minneapolis city council picks up TWO transgendered new members.

    • DaddyRay

      Have they thanked Caitlyn Jenner yet /s

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Oh you’re bad, come sit by me.

        • DaddyRay


      • Oscarlating Wildely

        She’s busy picking out her favorite MAGA hat.

    • SoCalGal20


    • Mark_in_MN

      Andrea Jenkins won her seat outright in Ward 8. I haven’t seen anything final in Ward 4 yet, although incumbent Barb Johnson and Phillipe Cunningham were in a tight race. But all I can find are the raw tallies, not the second round redistributions.

      • RobynWatts

        Update: Phillip Cunningham was announced as the winner this afternoon, so Minneapolis will have 2 transgender people serving on city council. Congratulations to the both of them!!!

    • TuuxKabin

      GO MiniApple!

  • Lazycrockett

    She was great on The Last Word tonight. Stayed on the subjects she knew and what got her elected and didn’t let Lawrence goad her into attacking those who voted against her.

    • Yep. And made it clear she sees it as her job to help and to serve ALL her constituents, not just her supporters.

      • Lazycrockett

        unlike Bernie.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Yup, Bernie is just Trump for the left…he’s in it for himself.

          • TampaDink

            And his wife is just as shady as Melanoma. When are we going to hear her speech about her immigration? Her husband/owner promised that was coming within days more than a year ago.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          ….but he had that bird on his podium….

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            So did Snowwhite and bitch fucked off with Grumpy. LOL

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            I adore you.

            Come, sit on me.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Thanks and while tempting, I don’t sit on anyone, I use them as furniture. 😉

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Oh okay– that works, too.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada


          • Lizard

            I would also make fun of this, but I bought one of those “Birdie” stickers just for the novelty.

          • Jefe5084

            I think that little bird left a tiny message on the podium. Birds are subtle. Except seagulls.

        • Ninja0980

          Tom Perriello was the true hero in all of this IMO.
          He lost the primary and instead of being a whiny brat, did everything he could to ensure Northam and other Democrats won.
          Bernie and his POS burn it all followers could learn from him.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        This is seriously not meant to be trite: She is smart, a great orator, has a wonderful smile and gorgeous hair and can really rally a crowed. She needs to be in front of them even more!

      • TampaDink

        What a concept!

    • Nychta

      I just listened to the interview – she epitomizes the sort of people we need to lead the country.

      • craigbear

        I didn’t see that interview, but I just watched a Twitter clip of her victory speech. And you’re right.

      • Craig Howell

        And Sideshow Bob Marshall epitomizes the sort of people we need to leave the country.

    • Randy503

      didn’t follow that campaign, but so glad to hear that. And I bet those bitches who want to dictate what bathroom SHE uses are all in a twist!

  • MikeBx2
  • SoCalGal20

    Thank you for the new thread, Joe!

    This was a great victory! She was really great on The Last Word. I hope this election is just the start for her.

    • DaddyRay

      There is yet another new thread up now

      • Movin’ over yet again.

  • BeaverTales

    OT: Manka Dhingra (D) def. Jinyoung Englund (R), and won the contested WA state senate seat, almost ensuring that when it’s time for redistricting in WA state that Congress will see less GOP gerrymandering from the west coast.. Now on to the Midwest.

    • TuuxKabin

      I was waiting to hear/read that. Thank you!

  • Sam_Handwich


    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Real #winning, not that tacky, gold gilt, orange stained #whining

    • bkmn

      Trump told his base they would get sick of all the winning. Hope that continues

  • DaddyRay

    Wonder why Fox news isn’t covering the “shellacking” their party got

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Fair and balanced. After squirrel.

    • blackstar

      wonder if it was something we said …

    • Hank

      They cannot blame Hilary, Benghazi, Emails, and do not dare mention Obamacare, with the way VA went!!!

      • bkmn

        And Maine

    • Snarkaholic

      Because there is a far more pressing issue: emoji misuse!

  • Leo
    • Hank

      After the win on the ballot in ME, those states, may be seeing the writing on the wall!!!

  • Michael

    We long-time JMG readers know how much a BFD it is to see Bob Marshall lose AND to a transgender Democrat!!!

    • Karma is sweet.

      • Lizard

        I prefer to think of it as poetic justice.

        • SFBruce

          There are so many great things you can call this: a trans woman unseating a Neanderthal who introduced a “bathroom bill.” Last night was a good night for Dems, but this victory is the sweetest of all.

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    • fuzzybits

      I’m sure he doubled up on his depends tonight.

      • Snarkaholic

        Tripled-up (he’s crying into the third one).

    • Randy503

      You can bet he is really seething that the voters preferred a sinner to such a pious man! I hope he chokes on his resentment.

    • Kruhn

      One of my rugby teammates is a drag queen and scored his first try (touchdown) Saturday and Danica Roem won last night. It’s a deliciously fabulous day for the TQ part of the bandwagon! Yay!!!!

    • Buford

      Politics aside, this is ‘Hope For Humanity’ stuff.

      • TuuxKabin

        Sure is. Thank you for that!

    • Lawerence Collins

      She’s a strong progressive Democrat! Congrats to Danica.

    • Guess

      “Dear Joe…”


  • Leo
    • Oscarlating Wildely


      In 89– Bush the Tree was just getting started. That was eons ago.

    • Lazycrockett

      Celebrate, enjoy, sleep and continue the fight tomorrow. We got a long way to go. This won’t end till we can get the money out of politics.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        And the rightwing to pay

      • JackFknTwist

        Absolutely excellent advice…..the fight back has started , the momentum gathers, there is much to be achieved, and your point on the money influence is the one greatest point in politics.
        No more lobbying by special interests,
        No more NRA money buying influence.
        No more Citizens United money corrupting every election.
        No more Russian money buying dumb aspiring demagogues.

    • ErikDC

      …and that election cycle also immediately preceded the last time a Republican incumbent lost the presidency (’92).

      Please God, let history repeat itself. (Paul Ryan tells me prayer works.)

      • Franciscan

        We have to wait until 2020? Let this Republican incumbent lose the presidency before the end of 2018.

  • FAEN

    YOU. GO. GIRL!

    🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

  • Ninja0980
    Said this in the other thread but I’ll say it here too.
    Just read all the things that this ban entailed to realize what a monster this guy was, along with all the Republicans in the House and Senate in VA who voted to send this to the ballot.
    This didn’t ban nor the sponsors of even bothered to hide the hate towards same sex couples.
    How fitting that the POS who spent 25 years waging war on our community was beaten by a member of said community.
    Danica Roem is the biggest hero of tonight, bar none.

  • blackstar
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      It needs to be emphasized that she cost her state a shitload of money over a goddamn illegal tantrum.

      • Lazycrockett

        and that is what if someone challenges her needs to run on. The fact that the money could have been spent on the Opiate crisis in Kentucky. Hit her hard over that everytime another od happens.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I just thought of something that could actually work against Turtleface. Since the tax plan won’t let people take off medical expenses anymore, that probably means rehab costs for opioid addiction won’t be allowed either.

      • leastyebejudged

        This is the state that dumped money into an ark. So. She’ll probably be elected.

    • KnownDonorDad

      It’s Kentucky, though. Still, we’ll see….

      • TuuxKabin

        And we’ll support, sure.

    • Hue-Man

      Man who sued Kim Davis considers running against her

      David Ermold and his now-husband David Moore were refused a marriage license by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in June 2015, shortly after a U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. A video of their experience was viewed by millions online.

  • ultragreen
    • Girlgoon

      “Transgender” if you please.

      • Reality.Bites

        He’s a Bernie Bro. Be glad he didn’t go for an actual slur

      • TuuxKabin

        There’s no correcting, enlightening, ultragreen.

  • Ninja0980
  • Leo
  • Leo


    • Lazycrockett

      As I said earlier Northam won by a large enough margin that even remaining R delegates are going to be open to compromising to remain seated.

    • porsupah

      By my tally (I can certainly have made a mistake somewhere), both parties are now left with 50, up from 34 Dems, with basically everything called.

      And whilst district 94 didn’t change hands, the Republican incumbent secured it by 12 votes.

  • Leo

    I need to lighten up on all-caps. Anyways, I think I’ve kept things in perspective for the most part and back to reality. In that vein (keep in mind this is coal-country adjacent). Dems just have to run up their urban totals to make up the difference.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      And, Democrats need to continue to engage in rural areas, just to lose by lower margins there. Statewide, every vote counts. Thank you.

      • For far to long now the DNC has become the party of the city. The DNC needs to learn how to reconnect with the rural voters. The message can be the same, but needs to be packaged differently. Rural voters tend to be more….selfish, and I know this because for eons I lived in a very rural area.

  • KnownDonorDad

    In the annals of poetic justice, this is Shakespearean.

  • Lazycrockett

    Congrads to Tom Perez.
    Donna could have learned something from her failure in 2000. oh but its easier to blame Hillary.

  • JCF

    Rachel, re Danica Roem beating *Bob Marshall*: “Sometimes history is written w/ the CAPS LOCK ON!” 😀

  • MikeSEA

    What an amazing, wonderful story this is!

  • Randy503

    Maybe there really is a God! And if so, I’m glad she showed up and helped out Danica win the seat from that bastard.

  • carrolmcc

    This guy was in office for 20 years???!!!! wtf Virginia?

    • Halou

      The real anti-establishment party, eh.

  • Richard B

    Karma can be so sweet.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Someone clearly tipped generously for good service, and it wasn’t Bob Marshall (R).

  • JackNasty

    I love it when that happens.

    Congratulations to Rep-elect Roehm.

  • DN

    Seeya, Sideshow Bob!

  • Edmund Allin

    Aren’t US elections supposed to be in even-numbered years? Was there a special reason for these?

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Virginia and New Jersey, as well as New York City, conduct their elections in odd-numbered years. That’s just the way it is.

      • Edmund Allin

        Interesting, thank you.

    • Friday’s_cat

      State elections. Like some states have primary elections and others have caucuses to determine candidates for Federal elections.

  • Puck

    I admit I had doubts this world was ready for a transgendered politician. I glad I was wrong! Congrats girl!!!

  • Lee Anne


  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Clearly, even Virginians are so sick of traffic problems in their area – Route 28 ? – that they will take a chance on a better future and vote for someone different.

    Well done! Now she’s got her work cut out for her, but she has the support and good will of so many.

  • Chaz Antonelli


  • TuuxKabin

    Has this already been posted?

  • SilasMarner

    Bob Marshall and Drump: How you like them apples!?

    • Where is Miss Toni Perkkins crying and whining about Miss Roem’s win?

  • vtdave

    Buh Bye Bob…good riddance to a genuine a**hole!

  • RJ Tremor

    That was a beautiful left hook to the wrinked disgusting face of hate! K.O!

  • KnownDonorDad
    • Vinnie NYC

      Restores hope and reminds me hate will not win, there are decent people living in this country. United We Stand

  • Vinnie NYC

    I’m so glad Danica Roem won. She’s one smart, articulate cookie who ran on a platform. She informed those in her district what matters most and what needs to be done. Great Job Ms. Roem !

  • shivadog

    This is awesome. 🙂