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Danica Roem: Metal Singer Elected To Virginia House
Nov. 7 was a good day for the metal and LGBTQ communities alike after Danica Roem overwhelmingly won a Northern Virginia race for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates.
A 33-year-old Democrat, Roem beat out 13-term incumbent Robert G. Marshall to become one of the first openly transgender people to be elected to public office, and the first to be elected to the Virginia legislature. Noisey asserts she is also the first member of a metal band to run — and now win — for office.
Roem fronts the metal band Cab Ride Home, a five-member self-described "drunken thrash metal band." They released their debut full-length album Crash The Gate earlier this year and have previously released three EPs and performed more than 120 shows and toured the U.K.
For Roem, she sees her victory as a win for anyone who has ever looked to find a safe place to belong, something Roem has arguably found in both the LGBTQ community and the world of metal.
As she said in her victory speech, "To every person who's ever been singled out, who's ever been stigmatized, who's 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. This one is for you."