Trans people, on Election Day 2012, consider your safety net (or your lack of one)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — No one can tell you how to vote. If you believe a vote for Mitt Romney will serve you better, cast that ballot for him. People do high wire acts without a net all the time, after all, this is America!

But if things don’t turn out the way you expect, as they often do,  consider your safety net — who will speak for you, a trans person, when you’ve fallen down, whether by yourself, or tripped up by society?

Yes, I know the difficulty it is for some to put their conservative values aside and place their trans well-being first – but here’s the thing — your conservative colleagues, friends and family will continue to ensure those views are heard, but only you can put a safety net under those values, because if you fall, there just might not be anyone there to catch you.

Invest in yourself for a change. It’s difficult enough being transgender in the best of times, and way too many people become another anonymous transgender fatality statistic when times are difficult. Your ballot choices are private and nobody needs to know you voted for your well-being first, not even the Democrats.


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4 replies

  1. I agree with your premise. Vote transgender first and no one can tell you how to vote. Who will speak for me, and provide a safety net. Voting while trans like everything else is more personal than it is for cis folk. My trans status and my conscience led me to choose the Green Party and Dr. Jill Stein for President. They have the clearest, comprehensive transgender policy as well as for other marginalized or minority groups. Basically, people before corporations. We should all vote our individual conscience, but: Vote!!

  2. Thank you Lexi. This election is such a tough choice and it makes me ill that we have to choose the lesser of two evils. Can’t believe in this great country that this is what we have in the top two candidates. My concern is the economy and our national debt. Because if both employ their economic proposals, we will be deeper in debt and face an economic crisis beyond what Greece is having now. At that point, what good do civil rights do when unemployment will be sky high? What good will civil rights do when so many will be searching for ways to feed their family or provide a roof over their heads? Not an easy answer and I again feel sad that in this great country, this is the best we have to step up and represent us.

    • Thanks for your comments Lynn. Personally, I rather be poor and free than rich and oppressed. Also there is no guarantee trans people will have easy access to that wealth if there are no civil rights for them.

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