Danica Roem: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Danica Roem: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Danica Roem is attempting to become the first openly transgender individual to be elected to a state legislature in the United States.

In a typical election year, a race for a seat in a state legislature wouldn’t be getting much attention. But 2017 isn’t a typical election year — and Danica Roem isn’t a typical politician.

Roem is a former journalist who’s attempting to turn the 13th District of Virginia’s House of Delegates to the Republican Party for the first time since 1992, when incumbent Bob Marshall took the seat following a redistricting of the Old Dominion State after the 1990 Census. With Virginia’s election taking place on Nov. 7, Roem believes she has a good shot to defeat Marshall in a district that includes parts of Prince William County and has been trending Democratic at the presidential level in recent years.

While such a win would be historic for the Democratic Party, a Roem win would make history in another way: she would become the first openly transgender person to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates. Althea Garrison became the first trans legislator in U.S. history in 1993 when she was elected to the Massachusetts State House in 1992 and later came out as transgender, but never has an openly transgender individual won an election in the United States.

Roem’s belief was proven correct, as she defeated Marshall by nine points with one precinct remaining to be counted, earning her the seat that Marshall has held since 1992.

Here are five things you need to know about Danica Roem.


1. She’ll Talk About Being Trans, But She’d Rather Not

From the moment she got into the race, Danica Roem knew that her gender would be a point of contention for her opponent. Bob Marshall has been a consistent opponent of LGBT rights in Virginia and introduced a bill in 2017 that would have made it a crime in Virginia for anyone to enter a bathroom that did not correspond to their biological sex. Marshall’s bill went nowhere, dying in committee, but it was an obvious sign that Roem’s status as a transgender woman would come up if she made it through the Democratic primary.

Roem, however, has gone out of her way not to bring up her gender unless she’s asked about it. She hasn’t run from being an open transgender female, but she hasn’t bothered to bring it up because the way she sees it, being transgender won’t help a single resident of her district earn a higher paycheck or spend more time with their family.

When she first explored the possibility of running in the summer of 2016, long before the election of Donald Trump, she did it because of years of problems in her district, most of which centered around watching the jobs that could be done in her home county instead head to Prince William County’s neighbors.


2. She Got Into The Race Because of Traffic

In an era where Kid Rock floated a run for the Senate for months before admitting it was a hoax, Roem’s reason for getting into politics is incredibly simple. She wasn’t concerned about getting into politics as an effort to make a name for herself. Nor did her run have anything to do with her status as a transgender woman. She simply wanted to see her community stop sitting in traffic every weekday because of a lack of jobs at home.

Roem has called Manassas home for the overwhelming majority of her life and has watched as the urban sprawl of the nation’s capital has engulfed the small town she once knew. When Roem was born in 1984, just over 50,000 people in Prince William County voted in that year’s presidential election. Last year, 50,000 wasn’t even half of Hillary Clinton’s final vote total of 113,000 in that one county. The county has nearly tripled in population during her lifetime, and most of its residents travel north to Washington for work each day.

However, the main route from Manassas to the roads that take drivers into Washington and Northern Virginia, Virginia State Route 28, is woefully outdated for the needs of its community. The road has been called the biggest source of Northern Virginia’s legendary traffic problems, and without some serious changes, the commute is unlikely to improve anytime soon. As a result, she coined the slogan “28 and Innovate” for her campaign, and she’s stuck to those main ideas.


3. She Spent Almost 10 Years in Journalism Before Running

If she is elected to the House of Delegates, Roem would instantly win another political title: the legislator least likely to accuse the media of printing “fake news” if a journalist publishes something that she doesn’t like. That’s because she’s been on the other side of the notebook for most of her life, having written for the Gainesville Times (later the Prince William Times) as the main news and sports writer and covered events for other publications in the Washington metropolitan area for almost a decade.

Roem has kept her reporter’s notebook with her on the campaign trail, using it to write down the concerns of voters that she’s interacted with during her efforts to win their support.


4. She’s Kept Her Campaign Focused on Issues

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Danica Roem, a Democrat in Virginia’s 13th District, has stuck to traffic and jobs as her campaign reaches its end.

Throughout her campaign, Roem has held to two basic rules that she’s placed above anything, even above her campaign’s issues: keep her family out of the race and keep her attacks on Marshall focused entirely on his political beliefs and policies.

Marshall has respected the first part of that idea, as Roem’s family has not come up at any point in the campaign, but the second has been a point of contention. Throughout the race, Marshall has consistently used male pronouns to refer to Roem, refusing to respect her status as a transgender woman.

Conversely, Roem has focused on the jobs aspect of Marshall’s opposition to her status as a trans woman. When she’s brought it up, she’s focused on one of two things: either that Marshall’s focus on where trans individuals go to the bathroom has hurt Virginians because he hasn’t dedicated enough time to fighting the traffic snarl, or that Marshall’s failed bathroom bill was already enacted in North Carolina and repealed after the state lost billions of dollars in business.

For her part, Roem has expressed a desire to both Heavy and other sources that she wants Virginia to position itself as being more welcoming than North Carolina without charging its residents the high taxes that are found in Maryland.


5. She Was The Lead Singer in a Heavy Metal Band

For most of the early part of the decade, Roem was no stranger to touring the country. But unlike politicians who tour the country in hopes of making a run for national office, Roem was on the road to perform.

Starting in 2007, Roem’s band Cab Ride Home, named after a night out involving Roem and another band member that resulted in the friends needing to take a cab home, has performed more than 100 shows, including stops in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Roem has been the lead vocalist for the band since 2009 and held the position both before and after her transition from male to female in 2012. She credits her time in Cab Ride Home, which has gone on hiatus for the time being, and the heavy metal scene in general, with a large role in both making her transition easier and encouraging her to make the run for the Virginia House of Delegates.

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JOSEPH P ALEKS

Only prob with this story is that Danica is NOT in fact transgender.
She was born female and always lived as female, until between 2012 and 2015 she masqueraded as a man to write a fake transition story.
Amazingly, some of her supporters when confronted with this, didn’t seem particularly bothered by it- Like, owell, what’s one more level of fake?
Of course supporters and detractors alike are scrambling to try to suppress the evidence that would tank their hot debate topic.

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Christian

In Acts we see an Enoch being preached the Gospel of JESUS by Philip .
This an evidence they can be part of a church.
Nodoubt.
That’s all.
JESUS said some born as Enochs by birth.
Some are made Enochs by men.
But for the sake of kingdom of God.,,one can stay without several wives.(satisfied with a single wife )
According to Jesus marrying several wives or many wives is not a sin.
In the olden days of JESUS times the kings made some men Enochs to look after their concubines.
Similarly,,there was a wrong beliefs in those days that f man is made Enoch,,he can do hard works tirelessly .
For heavy works .
This is what JESUS said
Please read the scriptures well.
God bless.

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JOHN MAYOR

In John 9 we read:…
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1) As He went along (Jesus), He saw a man blind from birth. 2) His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
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3) “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4) As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5) While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”
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6) After saying this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7) “Go,” He told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. [NIV]
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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K.. Boobathy Moses baby, Erode., Tamil Nadu., India

JESUS LOVES TRANSGENDER.
TRANSGENDER IS NOT A SIN.
THEY ARE PILLERS OF A CHURCH SAYS OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE.
Transgender are almost same as of a child or old people.
In my life I had seen lot of transgender.
It would be better if they don’t tell about their trangender nature.
They can keep quiet.
It is very difficult to find out their this transgender nature.
My grandmother’s own sister was a transgender.
She used to shave her beard and mustache.
But we didn’t hate her.
She belonged to a different community.
She was rejected by their own community.
So she came in refuge to house.
She was twice married .
When their husbands came to know her trangender,they drove her .
But we helped her live under our supervision.
We could not reject her because she was our own grandmother’s sister ,,but different community.
Our grandma was given to us orphan adoption through muncipality.
We looked after her very well.
We are now christans.
So we know JESUS or Bible told us love transgender.
But our relatives ,,,
,, they don’t know JESUS
,but they gave due respect.,,
It is written in Bible,,in heaven we may not be in marriage connect,,,
It means we would be like a transgender. ,, ,,,,,
But I don’t support their marriage life ,,,
They can live as bachlor ,,
SINLESS LIFE IS REFERED AS TRANSGENDER.
IT GOT A SPIRITUAL MEANING.
JESUS TOLD THIS AS A ADVICE…NOT TO GO FOR SECOND WIFE BUT LIVE LIKE TRANSGENDER.
IT IS NOT A SIN MARRYING A SECOND WIFE WITHOUT DIVORCING FIRST.
BUT PETER DAYS …IT IS NEVER POSSIBLE.
BECAUSE.,,,
WOMEN ARE HORRIBLE.,,, (ACCORDING TO APOSTLE PETER.)
THEY DON’T RESPECT A MAN FOR A LONG TIME .
Love a transgender.
Give them a room.
Accept them in your homes .
Love a transgender.
JESUS loves transgender.
God bless .

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Truth

Clearly you have never read a bible and have no idea who Jesus is or what the bible teaches. You are spreading lies and nothing else. For your sake, seek the truth, and if you’re going to comment on what the bible or Jesus, at least read a bible first. You will find that transgenderism is absolutely a sin and these people need Jesus as much as any other person living a sinful lifestyle. They need the truth shared to them with love.

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JOHN MAYOR

Being TRANSGENDER… “Truth”!… is not synonymous with being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Queer! It is based upon a set of BIOLOGIC PREDETERMINANTS!… and thus, IS NOT A “SIN”! One who is Pseudotransgender… and in contrast!… is someone who wasn’t born with a “hybrid sexual physiology and orientation”, and who has CHOSEN a “sexual orientation” based upon NURTURE-BASED INFLUENCES (specifically, ENVIRONMENTAL/ INFORMATIONAL– and e.g., phys(ic) child abuse!), that/ which has laid the foundation for one’s “CHOICE” of orientation! And… given the F-A-C-T that many Pseudotransgendered have suffered abuse during childhood, to then label their “CHOSEN ORIENTATION” as “W-I-L-L-E-D SINFULLNESS”, I-S T-O F-U-T-H-E-R A-B-U-S-E T-H-E-S-E V-I-C-T-I-M-S! DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME? Your “Christian bedside manner” needs improvement!!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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K.. Boobathy Moses baby, Erode., Tamil Nadu., India

I don’t support the otherwise you misunderstood me.
JESUS said,”some people born in this world as transgender”,,,,I sad that is not sin.
I meant to say love transgender.
A person Born as transgender is not a sin.
Once some come to Jesus Christ referring to a transgender asked he born as a blind is sin committed by him or his parents.
To this Jesus said neither the sins of the blind man nor his parent’s.
But he was born so so that the glory of God worked on him.
I meant that ,,,
John mayor’s explanation is correct to some extent.
I don’t support gays.
I don’t support their surgery.
God created us men and women .
Praying for a transgender to become potent is not a sin.
But let them remain how they are born.
If you are born as a man….do not try to become woman .
If you are born as a woman ,,do not try to become man.
A man marrying several women doesn’t mean he is helping women.
A women marrying several men doesn’t mean she is helping several men.
A man is first created ….
So God allowed him to live with several wives ..,
A woman is expected to be loyal to single husband,,,
She will get salvation by child bearing.
This is set up of God.
This is the will of God upon human being he created on Earth.
I meant love Enochs.
Not lady boys or gays . ,,,

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JOHN MAYOR

If Danica Roem is TRULY Transgender… and not simply a Pseudotransgender soul of the LGBQ community in “Transgender clothing”!… then Danica Roem’s constituents should give Danica a seat in Virginia’s legislature! And… if for no other reason, than to provide AMERICA with a CLEAR VOICE AND VISION on the Transgender community’s long held problems! Simply put, IT’S WORTH THE INVESTMENT! That is… if Danica Roem is the “REAL DEAL”!… and NOT, a “pretender to the throne”!
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To sum up… if Danica Roem is the “REAL DEAL”, then Danica’s vision is DESPERATELY NEEDED in America! And Danica… and unlike most others!… would– and for the first time!– be able to efficiently and effectively put the Nashville Statement’s ERROR into PROPER PERSPECTIVE! Otherwise!… Danica Roem will but muddle an already muddled dialogue, that members of the TRULY Transgender community have been trying to bring to a confused American audience!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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