A woman running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates is on the receiving end of transphobic comments — but she won’t just sit and take it.
Democrat Danica Roem’s opponent GOP incumbent Bob Marshall refuses to debate her before the November election and repeatedly misgenders her on purpose.
“Why do you call Danica a female?” he said last month according to NewNowNext. “Did Danica’s DNA change?”
In response, Roem released a counter-advertisement this week against Marshall’s attacks — simply stating that her identity as a transgender woman should not be an issue.
“I’m running for office because my identity shouldn’t be a big deal,” she said in the ad, which depicts her taking medicine and putting on makeup in her restroom. “Because this shouldn’t be newsworthy or political. This is just who I am.”
Roem is the first openly transgender candidate and, if elected, would be the nation’s first transgender state legislator.
“There are millions of transgender people in this country, and we all deserve representation in government,” she added. “So when I stand up on the Statehouse floor and the Speaker says ‘the gentlewoman from Manassas,’ LGBTQ kids everywhere will know they can succeed because of who they are, not despite it.”
Watch the ad below.