Transgender Metal Vocalist Danica Roem Wins Election In Virginia!
As of yesterday, Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem, a transgender woman who fronts thrash band Cab Ride Home, is the state of Virginia’s first openly transgender elected state official. Roem’s win in Virginia’s 13th District also means she is poised to become the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature anywhere in the US.
She beat a Republican called Robert Marshall who previously put together the “Physical Privacy Act,” a bill that would have required people to use the restroom that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificate had it not been defeated, and who has referred to himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe.” Marshall conducted a vicious and quite personal campaign against Roem, refusing to call her a woman and even going after her for her passion for metal. We can’t help but feel a considerable amount of schadenfreude when thinking about how he must feel right now, having been beaten by someone who embodies everything he hates.
LGBTQ advocates celebrated Roem’s victory on Tuesday evening, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called it “a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country.”
Very exciting. Here’s Danica fronting Cab Ride Home:
..And here’s Cab Ride Home’s recent album, Crash The Gate:
Fun party thrash and progressive politics — a winning combo as far as we’re concerned here at Kerrang!.
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