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Danica Roem: Transgender heavy metal singer defeats man who wrote Virginia’s anti-trans bathroom bill in election.

A transgender heavy metal singer has beaten a politician who penned Virginia’s anti-trans bathroom bill in a local election.

Danica Roem defeated Bob Marshall, one of Virginia’s most socially conservative and vocal anti-LGBT lawmakers, to become the first openly transgender candidate to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. 

With 19 or 20 precincts reporting, Ms Roem had 54 per cent of the vote. Hillary Clinton won the district by 14 points, 54 to 40 per cent, over Donald Trump last year.

The Democrat, who is a heavy metal vocalist, is said to be the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature in the US. 

Bob Marshall, who had been elected 13 times over 26 years according to his website, has previously called himself Virginia's "chief homophobe".

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