We are in awe of Danica Roem! The first openly transgender state official in U.S. history has a fascinating life story. In addition to being a journalist (a seven-time Virginia Press Association award winner) prior to winning a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates and defeating Republican incumbent Robert Marshall, Roem is the vocalist for Cab Ride Home. A Northern Virginia five-member band, Cab Ride Home describe themselves as “drunken thrash metal” with “songs about drinking,” performed at shows “about raging.” Roem is also the stepmother of an eight-year-old public school child, and has been active in the Prince William County School Board, specifically in defeating anti-LFGTQ measures in the House of Delegates of which she will soon be part.
Roem cofounded Cab Ride Home in 2006, and the band released their full-length Crash the Gate in early 2017, though they have been touring for years.
During the campaign, Roem’s opponent Robert Marshall, who publically describes himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe,” tried to tarnish her by using Cab Ride Home’s “Bad Judgement” video, which supposedly alludes to men having oral sex in a bathroom stall. Despite this, Danica won. Extreme-conservative Marshall was the lawmaker who introduced the failed “bathroom bill” that aimed to restrict transgender people’s use of public restrooms.
“Discrimination is a disqualifier,” Roem said with eloquent honor, a stark contrast to cretinous Marshall. “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.”
Since Roem’s victory, other music artists—including Pearl Jam—have been sending in their accolades. Virginian Randy Blythe of Lamb of God showed his exhilaration and state pride in a post about the historical significance of an intellectual transgender women/death-metal singer (who is a fan of Cannibal Corpse) being elected to the state legislature. Flagrant shares his enthusiasm!
Here’s a taste of metal, courtesy of Cab Ride Home. Roem makes her entrance at the 0:41 mark: