OUT IN THE WILD

GA Voice - - Front Page - By Si­mon Wil­liamson

mu­nity up. Here in Ge­or­gia, the Repub­li­can­dom­i­nated Leg­is­la­ture thinks we are unfit to be par­ents. The re­cent fed­eral ban on trans­gen­der troops by the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent is a straight dec­la­ra­tion that trans­gen­der peo­ple are not wel­come in gov­ern­ing in­sti­tu­tions — es­pe­cially in a job so ter­ri­bly paid that it is more akin to a pa­tri­otic vo­ca­tion. Many Repub­li­can states have passed laws to keep trans­gen­der peo­ple at home un­der the guise of bath­room safety, be­cause there is pretty much no more dan­ger­ous place for a transwoman than an all-male re­stroom.

The flip­side is that Democrats have screwed us around to a far lesser de­gree in re­cent years. In state gov­ern­ment and city coun­cils around the na­tion, Democrats have put LGBT rights on the front of the agenda. Here in Ge­or­gia, it is the blue coun­ties where lo­cal gov­ern­ments have moved on the pit­tance they are per­mit­ted by state law­mak­ers. Na­tion­wide it was a Demo­cratic ad­min­is­tra­tion that rid­ded us of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and state gov­ern­ments that pushed for civil rights re­form that al­lowed our com­mu­nity to marry who we wanted, and you know, were able to see them on their deathbeds in hos­pi­tal.

In to­tal, how­ever, it means that our en­tire ex­is­tence is pretty much a par­ti­san is­sue. That is great if you live in At­lanta and your mayor is pre­pared to fire the trans­pho­bic fire chief. It also means that at some point, a Demo­crat will win and we can en­joy some sem­blance of as­sured­ness that we are val­ued mem­bers of society. But that wait­ing is a penance foisted on us through no fault of our own. While we wait for our full spec­trum of rights, many of our friends and fam­ily will lose their jobs, or be­come home­less, or will die at the hands of big­ots. Some of us will be heck­led and be un­able to do any­thing about it. While we waited for Oberge­fell vs Hodges, many peo­ple who would have been mar­ried be­came sin­gle be­cause their part­ner died. We waited and waited and waited be­cause pub­lic opin­ion was tak­ing its slow trip to­ward us.

That wait is grotesquely un­fair. It ex­ists be­cause our rights are par­ti­san. Our Repub­li­can friends who love us but still vote for the Pences and Cruzes and Ru­bios of this world are en­sur­ing we wait even longer.

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