Democrat Danica Roem, a former journalist, defeated incumbent Republican candidate Del. Bob Marshall Tuesday to become the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia. Roem, 33, is now also set to make history as the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature. Marshall, 73, is a staunch social conservative who has served in Virginia’s House of Delegates

since 1992. He once referred to himself as the state’s “chief homophobe” and introduced a “bathroom bill” earlier this year that would have required people to use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate. The bill never made it out of a Republican-led committee. Marshall also authored Virginia’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and sponsored a bill banning homosexuals from the Virginia National Guard.  CONTINUE