In previous elections, I often heard that one should vote as if their life depended on it.
I think its safe to say without hyperbole that with the midterm elections on Tuesday and likely the presidential election in 2020, we have moved into a climate where we should vote BECAUSE our lives depend on it.
I know some of you of don’t like it when I discuss politics, but I will always maintain that the transgender community never sought to make being trans a political issue. But being transgender has now become front and center when it comes to human rights.
I make it no secret that I am liberal. I believe in science, I believe in equality and I believe in helping others. As someone who presents as a white male most of the time, I am not often faced with discrimination. I am constantly learning what it’s like for other genders and races to do things that I take for granted. It’s important that I see life through the eyes of others. Issues regarding anyone’s rights and experiences are issues that everyone should treat as important.
In the last two years we have seen laws and legislature discussed and pass that affects our community. Some of us shrug them off. I get emails that tell I am making too big of a deal about this. Some ask why I care since I don’t plan on transition. I’ll tell you why.
We are all members of the transcommunity. Whether you have legally changed your name, starting hormones or just wear panties, we are all in this together. Although I don’t plan on transitioning, I do not want any law passed that affects the rights and medical options of my friends who have, or will, or may one day transition.
When I go out to dinner or hit the mall, I do not want to be refused service just because I am wearing a dress and heels. But now the Department of Justice says that businesses can discriminate because I am transgender. If you live in a state that allows you to update the gender box on your driver’s license to reflect something other that the gender you were assigned to at birth, you may soon lose that right. If my employer ever found out I identified as transgender, it’s perfectly legal for them to fire me because of that.
If you are transgender and this does not make you afraid, or if you believe in human rights and this does not anger you, I don’t know what else I can tell you to convince you to vote.
Please vote. Find your polling place here.