Metal Singer Elected Virginia's First Transgender Official

This makes Roem the first openly transgender person to be elected at either a state or federal level to be elected to a legislature. If Tuesday night is a precursor for the future, expect more LGBTQ people to run for office - and win handily. In that time, Marshall wrote an anti-gay marriage amendment and sponsored Virginia's transgender bathroom bill (which infamously banned students from using the bathroom that corresponded to their gender identity and required administrators to out trans kids to their parents), as well as a ban on gay people serving in the National Guard-just lots and lots of bad stuff.

"Roem ran a smart, issues-driven campaign focused on improving the lives of her neighbors; a campaign that ran counter to her opponent's divisive and transphobic rhetoric". The Washington Post reports that Danica Roem, a 33-year-old Democratic candidate whose résumé includes journalism experience as well as the lead-singer position in the metal band Cab Ride Home, has unseated 25-year incumbent Robert G. Marshall after a deeply personal campaign that was treated as a referendum on everything from local traffic to national gender norms. During her acceptance speech, she thanked her supporters and the trans community, saying: "To every person who has ever been singled out, who has ever been stigmatized, who has ever been the misfit, who's ever been the kid in the corner, who's ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn't have a voice of their own because there is no one else with them, this one is for you".

Prior to running for office, Roem worked as a journalist.

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In her bio on the campaign website, Roem stated that she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times.

The election results on Tuesday night are significant.

The night was historic a lot of "firsts" to be elected happened, like Danica Roem. Tyler Titus, who is openly transgender, won a seat on a western Pennsylvania school board. Vi Lyles became the first African-American woman elected mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.


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