Comic: Tough Choices

By Victor Barratt-McCartney.

With the victory of incoming Virginia state legislator, Danica Roem, came backlash. Roem, who ran against self-declared “chief homophobe” Bob Marshall, became the first openly transgender individual to hold a public office in the state. This, however, was not well-received by the statehouse’s slim Republican majority. According to House Majority Leader Kirkland Cox, the terms “congressman” and “congresswoman” will be retired. This move is suspected to be a backhanded attempt to undermine Roem’s gender. While the trans community has often pushed for limiting the use of gendered titles, this decision was clearly not intended to make trans people’s lives easier.

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