Virginia has elected the nation’s first transgender member of Congress.
Heavy metal singer Danica Roem defeated Bob Marshall, who is considered to be one of the most socially conservative voices in Virginia and, by many, thought to be anti-LGBT, on Tuesday.
On his website, Marshall called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe” and wrote a bill similar to North Carolina’s bathroom bill that said people should use the bathroom corresponding to the gender they were born.
“I’m running for office because my identity shouldn’t be a big deal, this shouldn’t be newsworthy or political. This is just who I am,” Roem said in a controversial ad that showed him applying makeup to himself before pretending to be a woman.
The victory should not come as a major surprise as Hillary Clinton won the district Roem is going to represent by 14 points a year ago in the most progressive area of, what has become, a Democrat state.
Not everyone thought it was fantastic.
The downward spiral of the United States that Obama Started.
— Mary Moore (@MooreHomes1) November 8, 2017
Lib Logic: People with mental problems shouldn’t own guns, but it’s “historic” when they hold political office!? @pwcdanica
— Jeff Allen (@jeffallen1987) November 8, 2017
And Virginia sinks further into the details of Hell. Way to go Virginia voters and non voters.
— Raymond Armstrong (@Cowboyslogic) November 8, 2017
A dude who thinks he is a chick is probably very good at making rational decisions.
— High On Life (@ImSoHighOnLife) November 8, 2017
I’m sure being elected based on identity politics is going work out well for VA.
— Tim Knight (@TheTimKnight) November 8, 2017