LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The other shoe fell today. We knew it was coming, and by gosh, it came with a few surprises. Who knew education secretary Betsy DeVos would try to protect trans kids and stop the trans menance known as Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Sessions eventually got his way of course, and unless trans kids live in a blue state, they’ve now 4 years of misery ahead of them.
One tactic for surviving Trumptude is to engage in activity to politically curtail the power of the Trump administration (and this includes vice-President Pence). Our first sure-fire shot is in 2018 when we can stop the bloodletting by taking over one of the congressional houses, and in 2020 by electing a president who will restore lost trans rights by executive order.
Last month, ongoings by Washington state Governor Jay Inslee started appearing in my news feed and I began liking what I was seeing. Here’s a short sampling:
Inslee last month in Politico: “They [Trump administration] were entitled to a grace period and they blew it. It’s been worse than I could have imagined, the first few days.”
After Trump announced the Muslim travel ban, Inslee found himself at center of Seattle’s airport trying to rein in the chaos, saying this of the Trump administration: “these guys couldn’t organize a 2-car funeral.”
Following Trump’s court defeat on the travel ban order in which Trump oddly responded by tweeting “See you in court,” Inslee told MSNBC: “We just saw him in court. He lost.”
With Washington state the major court challenger to Trump’s Muslim ban, Inslee found himself making appearances in national media. Hints began appearing suggesting he was seeking to run for president in 2020. Inslee has responded to them by saying he’s having fun what he’s doing now.
Political insiders say Inslee didn’t seek national attention — the Muslim ban fell in his lap and he took ownership of the matter and got it resolved. This is the kind of event that open doors to national politics and Inslee proved his mettle in the handling of it.
But what about trans people? What’s Inslee’s stance on that? I got my answer today. Inslee in Facebook:
“I strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s reversal of federal protection for transgender students. Washington state will continue to be a place where all children can feel safe from discrimination, harassment or assault based on their gender identity. . .
We will continue to stand together to protect some of our most vulnerable students – we know that these young people face high rates of bullying, harassment and even violence. . . .”
Well, there you have it. Gov. Inslee appears quite educated on trans matters. Maybe west coast-style governance is what this country needs. He should throw his hat in the ring for 2020. The future is looking brighter already.
Sources: Seattle Times, Roll Call, The Stranger, Facebook and other online media.
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