Thanks to Loudwire, you can find their article here, we were tipped off to news of the first openly transgender person to be elected as a state official! Danica Roem was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on November 7th, beating out the 13-year incumbent Robert Marshall, who is actually more socially conservative compared to other Virginia lawmakers. Some even go as far to call him Virginia’s “Chief Homophobe”. Roem had this to say upon winning the election:
“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.”
As for Roem’s music history, she helped form the Virginia-based band known as Cab Ride Home in 2006, who label themselves as “drunken thrash metal”. Earlier this year they released their debut full length titled Crash the Gate. Her opponent Marshall used her band’s video for Bad Judgement to smear her, as the video shows a suggestive scene of two men having oral sex in a bathroom stall.
According to an article by Washington Post, you can find here, Roem outraised Marshall 3-to-1 with nearly $500,000 in donations, much of it coming from LGBT advocates and other supporters across the country. Her campaign was ruthless, knocking on doors more than 75,000 times in a district with 52,471 registered voter. What’s even more stunning is the tactics used by her opponent Marshall. Besides the campaign ad smearing his opponent, Marshall used the wrong pronouns by referring to Roem as a male, as well as refusing to debate with her.
This is truly a big win for those in support of the LGBTQ community and their efforts to have more of a voice in our society. With all the talk of Trump and his shenanigans, it’s pretty incredible to see something like this happening.