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Danica Roem, A Badass Heavy Metal Singer, Becomes First Openly Transgender Virginia State Representative

From a metal band to the Virginia statehouse. History is made.
Danica Roem

Last night, there were a few elections across the United States. No huge national elections, but a lot of important local seats like, mayors, state representatives and governors in New Jersey and Virginia. Among the state rep races, Virginia had its state representatives up for reelection and there was one race that caught the attention of many. Danica Roem a badass metal singer and former journalist, ousted a 13-term, socially conservative veteran of the legislature and self-described “chief homophobe,” to become the first openly transgender woman elected to a U.S. statehouse seat.

She defeated Bob Marshall (sounds like an old white guy right?), who sponsored a failed anti-trans bathroom bill. Roem is the singer and guitarist for the thrash metal band Cab Ride Home.

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"Just because I sing in a heavy metal band while spinning my head in circles and getting paid to do it, why can't I run for government?" Roem told Noisey in an interview in June. "Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government? I've already had to go through transformative change."

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