Transgender Heavy Metal Singer Defeats Virginia’s ‘Chief Homophobe’

Love wins: Transgender heavy metal singer Danica Roem defeats Del. Bob Marshall, the architect of Virginia’s anti-trans bathroom bill.

In a victory for human decency, local journalist and transgender heavy metal singer Danica Roem, a Democrat, defeated Republican state Del. Bob Marshall, “one of the most openly transphobic and homophobic members of the Virginia Republican Party” and the architect of Virginia’s mean-spirited anti-trans bathroom bill.

Marshall, who is happy to refer to himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe,” served 26 years in the state legislature before being defeated by Roem.

With her victory, Roem becomes the first openly transgender person to be elected and be seated to a state legislature in the U.S.

Before turning to politics, Roem had been an award winning local journalist and the lead singer for a heavy metal band. About the odd juxtaposition of running for office and being in a heavy metal band, Roem told Vice:

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? Why would I have to change who I am in order to run for government?

Vice describes Roem as “a long-haired, guitar-slinging transgender woman who’s spent over a decade singing for a thrash metal band called Cab Ride Home, whose biggest hit is a party anthem about getting wasted.”

Vice also reports on Rome’s work as a journalist and activist:

The seven-time Virginia Press Association award winner served as as the lead reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times for nine years, covering education policy and local politics. As the stepmother of a public school child, she’s also been active in the Prince William County School Board, and has worked to help defeat anti-LGBTQ legislation in the House of Delegates.

During the election Roem faced brutal personal attacks from her Bible thumping, conservative Christian opponent, who constantly misgendered her in a petty but failed attempt to demean and denigrate her for being a transgender woman.

However, in a September interview Roem told Cosmopolitan that she views her gender identity as a strength:

The message that I can succeed because of my gender, not despite it, because of who I am without being afraid of who I am is a human message.

After the election, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards congratulated Roem on her surprising victory in a tweet:

Couldn’t be more thrilled for Danica Roem. And good riddance to Bob Marshall, one of the most anti-choice, and anti-LGBTQ members of the VA House.

While journalist Dave Weigel opined:

My brain keeps returning to the sentence “a transgender heavy metal singer defeated the author of Virginia’s anti-trans bathroom bill.”

As for the future, Roem promises to work on “traffic, jobs, schools, and equality.”

Transgender Heavy Metal Singer Danica Roem (Image via Twitter)
Transgender Heavy Metal Singer Danica Roem (Image via Twitter)
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