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Transgender Woman Becomes the first Politician to Serve in the Virginia State Legislature

G Eugene Pichler

Nov 08, 2017

On November 7, 2017 Danica Roem defeated the incubent, Bob Marshall, for Virginia's state district 13, becoming the first openly transgender, politician to serve at the state legislature.

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While Democrats celebrate a sweeping victory across the country in gubernatorial races, the election of Danica Roem has enormous implications on Trans Health in America.

On November 7, 2017 Danica Roem defeated the incubent, Bob Marshall, for Virginia's state district 13. Danica Roem is an openly transgender woman who, if you follow his/her social media, is fixated on traffic congestion on route 28 within Virginia's district 13 as his/her primary campaign issue. (The talk about route 28 was actually a welcome change of pace as most transgender women fixate on their respective gender transitions and little else.)

Why is this important? Roem's election to the state legislature follows the momentum of the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX as it pertains to students, who identify as trans. Title IX compels public schools to provide students equal access to community resources, regardless of the student's race, sex, ethnic affliation, religion or gender identity, or face cut backs in federal support.

The Trump Administration has telegraphed that it wishes to roll back much of Title IX as it pertains to students, who identify as trans, but has yet to act on its threat.

While Roem, who in videos presents as uber masculine while at the same time demonstrating the effects of undergoing hormone replacement therapy, would like the constituents of district 13 to believe that his/her primary motivation for seeking office was to alleviate traffic congestion, the election of Roem over the 25 year incubent, Dan Marshall, has enormous ramifications towards both quashing any ressurgence of the state's bathroom bill as well as maintaining Title IX as it pertains to trans youth.

Marshall, who had been elected to serve 13 terms to represent Virginia district 13, was the principal voice behind Virginia's Bathroom Bill, preempting people, like Roem, from accessing female space.

Although the bathroom bill has little opposition outside of Virginia's rural areas, title IX compels school districts to transition children as young as six years old who demostrate a desire to live as a visible member of the opposite sex, by dispensing medications that block purberty.

Roem, who prior to entering politics worked as a journalist for the Gainesville Times and sings professionally for heavy metal band, Cab Ride Home, raised approximately three times more in campaign donations than Marshall raised. The bulk of the donations were reportedly from male-to-female transsexuals who live outside the district.

Presumably, Roem's political backers want to send a message to any politician that would otherwise consider obstructing trans youth from having greater autonomy over their own bodies.

In the days leading up to the vote, the candidates were particularly hostile towards each other. Marshall misgendered Roem. Roem repeatedly called Marshall "Bigot Bob," ironically following Donald Trump's Howard Stern-esque, style of calling out competitors with derogatory labels. Marshall refused to debate Roem, calling out Roem's behaviour as "classless". Roem acknowledges he/she at times behaves in an uncouth manner, citing red-neck behaviour is the norm in Manassas, Virginia where Roem grew up.

Recent studies have found one in every 120 children or thereabouts report that they self-identify as trans, which suggests that the transsexual phenomenon is rapidly becoming an epidemic in America, particularly after the advent of the Internet. When left untreated nine out of 10 of these children grow up comfortable with their biological sex. Further, studies also suggest that clinics that do not offer surgery have better results than the ones that do. [Fedoroff, John Paul, MD; University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 1998]

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