Last night, Democrat Danica Roem won her election to become a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Why is this news?
Well, because Danica Roem is the first transgender woman to win an election to a state legislature. And she beat Bob Marshall in the election.
Danica Roem is a stepmother and heavy metal singer who just happens to be a transgender woman. But that final fact about her is important in the context of this election.
Roem defeated Bob Marshall in the election, a man who has openly expressed homophobic views, and who was behind the “Bathroom Bill” that would have hindered transgendered people’s rights to use public restrooms.