There’s been a lot of talk about the election of Danica Roem to the Virginia House of Delegates because she’s the first transgender person elected to statewide office in the country. Not only that, she did it by beating Republican Bob Marshall, one of the state’s most conservative delegates who proudly labeled himself as “chief homophobe” and authored an anti-transgender “bathroom bill” that thankfully died in committee earlier this year.
I’d like to think that the reason Ms. Roem won had nothing to do with her gender or how she identifies herself on her driver’s license. I’d like to think that it had to do with the fact that she ran a campaign about doing things in her district that needed doing. There are potholes that need to be filled. There are schools that need to be funded. There is healthcare that needs to be provided, and the rest of the day-to-day problems that crop up that need to be dealt with and then moving forward. What was Bob Marshall doing? Freaking out about where people urinate.
I’d also like to think that the people in her district have grown up enough to realize that the abstract worries about things such as LGBTQ issues and walls in Texas are less important than taking care of the potholes and schoolrooms. It doesn’t matter what bathroom you go into as long as you are ready and willing to do the job when you come out.