UPDATE: Danica Roem has won the Democratic primary vote for the 13th district of the Virginia House of Delegates. He will face off with Republican incumbent Rep. Bob Marshall, a solid pro-life and pro-family Catholic, in the November general elections.
DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Twenty men and women suffering from gender dysphoria are running for public offices this year. "We are making 2017 the year of the trans candidate," according to Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, president of the pro-homoseuxal and transgender group the Victory Fund.
"We have more transgender people running this cycle than almost all other cycles combined," Moodie-Mills said.
Logan Casey, a political scientist with the Harvard Opinion Research Program, told NBC that the majority of gender dysphoric people running for office are women, which in transgenderist terms means men who believe themselves to be women and self-present as such.
Among the candidates the Victory Fund is supporting is Danica Roem, who is seeking to run against Republican Bob Marshall to represent the 13th district in the Virginia House of Delegates. Plastered across the home page of the Victory Fund's website are the words "Let's Fight Bigot Bob." Bob Marshall is Catholic and a former research director for the pro-life group the American Life League. He has been a very vocal leader on life and true marriage.
While most Republican politicians have limited their treatment of the homosexual movement to the issue of religious liberty, Rep. Marshall's website still lists arguments against so-called same-sex marriage, including a listing of the health hazards associated with homosexual behavior.
Rep. Marshall introduced legislation in Virginia mirroring North Carolina's so-called "bathroom bill," known as HB1612 or the Physical Privacy Act.
The district primaries that Roem has to win before facing Marshall take place June 13. Roem faces three other democrats for the Democratic nomination. The general election for the House of Delegates is in November, and all of the Delegates are up for re-election. The House is currently Republican controlled.
Brianna Westbrook, a Democrat is running for Arizona's 8th Congressional District, told NBC she thought the presidency of Donald Trump had contributed to a rise in self-identified transgender people running for office. "I do think you are going to see more of the LGBT community coming forward, specifically the trans community, because we are lacking so many rights."
Roem has spent thousands of dollars on hormone treatment and medical expenses related to his self-presentation as a woman. Roem told Teen Vogue he believes the treatment he received should be considered legitimate healthcare and covered by the state group plan, "They're basically saying," he said, "that transition-related care is cosmetic, that it's optional, that it doesn't count — and that's not OK. LGBTQ health care is health care. It is not a want, it is a need."
Contrary to the proposition that "transition" related treatments such as hormone therapy and surgery constitute a health necessity, on June 7 Church Militant reported on the recent suicide of a 13-year-old who was accommodated by her parents and her church in her self-presentation as the opposite sex. The men and women featured in the Pure Passion TV documentary TranZformed serve as evidence that "transition" is a health hazard, not a health necessity, due to the regret associated with surgery, which for some has ended in suicide.