One of the most symbolic victories that the Democratic Party won last night was the triumph of transgender journalist Danica Roem’s surprise victory over thirteen-term Republican Robert G. Marshal in a race for state lawmaker.
His collapse was particularly gratifying because he prided himself on being Virginia’s most socially conservative politician, called himself “Virginia’s chief homophobe,” and sponsored the discriminatory anti-trans “bathroom bill” that stirred up an artificial public controversy and falsely smeared transgender Americans as sexual predators.
During the election campaign, he treated his opponent with appalling disrespect; consistently and purposefully misgendering her and refused to debate her, making it clear he didn’t think she was his equal as a human.
Marshal’s sister, Paula Nucci, took to Facebook to admonish her brother for his behavior during the election in a post that is now going viral on social media.
This is Robert Marshall's sister.
Marshall is who Danica Roem, the first openly trans person elected to office in VA, beat for the Virginia House seat.
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 8, 2017
Words can’t describe how wonderful it is to see that several transgender Americans made history and won elected office last night. They were joined by a wave of minority and women candidates who are finally bringing some desperately needed diversity to a political system dominated by cranky old rich white men.
And it is truly a balm for the soul to realize that America is not quite as bigoted and hateful as it appears sometimes.
Trans rights are human rights.