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Danica Roem: “Please treat LGBTQ candidates like non-LGBTQ candidates by identifying us by our qualifiers”

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I couldn’t agree more with Danica Roem, a journalist, on the following. My question is simple: why is the corporate media so obsessed with making this 100% about “transgender woman challenges anti-LGBT man,” when there are so many other issues to talk about (and also so many other interesting House of Delegates races)?

1) From The Center for Public Integrity: You’ll notice we’re out-raising Del. Bob Marshall (R-13) at the local, state and national level. And, surprise, he declined to comment. Go figure.

That said, for the 1,000th time, memo to reporters: my gender is not my chief qualification for office. The nine years, two months and two weeks I spent authoring more than 2,500 news stories about the greater Prince William County area the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times, covering my lifelong home area, is my chief qualification for office.

Please treat LGBTQ candidates like non-LGBTQ candidates by identifying us by our qualifiers.

Also interesting:

2) We’ve received word that Del. Bob Marshall’s (R-13) campaign has been lecturing 13th District residents at the doors about my gender.

Allow me to be blunt:

If you can’t beat me on Route 28 and instead resort to transphobic attacks at the doors, then we’re going to soundly defeat you Nov. 7.

It won’t even be close.

  • wizinit

    Danica rocks. There are few candidates as substantively qualified and prepared. Most journalists are not, and lazily report on the headline grabbing aspect of her race rather than the isssues of real concern to her voters that she effectively identifies.

  • Edward N Virginia

    Democratic Party: STOP hypocrisy. YOU are the ones, and your candidates are the ones, who are CONSTANTLY arguing that we all all infected with impliicit bias – about race, etc – and THEREFORE you declare people who say ‘I don’t see race’ are LIARS and probably racists. You are CONSTANTLY playing a ‘race’ card to your assumed advantage. But in this case you are playing a ‘gender card’ cynically. Isn’t it true that we are also all infected with infected bias about gender and sexuality? But you are telling people to ‘not see gender’? Get the story straight (pun in that, ain’t it?): do you want us to see race and gender or not?