Danica Roem Is Now the First Openly Transgender State Lawmaker

Danica Roem represents progress, and she also happens to be a metal singer.
Lauren O'Neill
London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2017, 12:01pm
Image by Daniel Brothers

And now for some good news: Danica Roem has just been elected to Virginia's House of Delegates, making her the state's first openly transgender lawmaker.

As Noisey's Kim Kelly pointed out when we profiled her back in June, Roem "is not only the first transgender person to run for the Virginia House of Delegates—she's also the first member of a metal band to do so." And now she's the first trans person (and metal band member) to become an elected official in the state of Virginia, which rules.

In the process, Roem, who performs in the thrash metal band Cab Ride Home, unseated the Republican Robert G. Marshall, the guy behind the state's anti-trans bathroom bill, who called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe." In light of this, Roem's victory feels extra sweet.

As the Washington Post reports, Roem said on Tuesday night:

Discrimination is a disqualifier. This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias. Where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.

What's more is, per CNN, Roem is the first openly transgender state lawmaker in the US. Although CNN notes that Althea Garrison is a transgender woman who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, she was not openly trans until after her election in 1992. But we've come a hell of a long way since then! And this is a huge moment.

tl;dr: Karma's a bitch, and progress sounds like thrash metal, baby.

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