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Metal Vocalist Danica Roem Is Now First Openly Transgender State Legislator

Democrat Danica Roem earned a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Despite the fact that Roem fronts a metal band (Cab Ride Home) and now sits on a U.S. state’s legislature is notable, Roem is also the first ever openly transgender person elected to such a position in the country.

She unseated 73-year-old Republican Bob Marshall with her win, who was outspoken for his various controversial viewpoints on the LBGTQ community. Marshall made headlines with his introduction of Virginia House Bill 1414, which would allow the refusal of service to people of the LBGTQ community by any public or private business licensed by the state. He also introduced House Bill 1612, known as the "‘Physical Privacy Act", which restricted the use of certain bathrooms by transgender people.

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