Once More Unto The Breech, Dear Friends
So begins the four year, at least, winter of our discontent. You would think, and not be wrong, that I make direct reference to the coven of anti-LGB/T crusaders that Trump has brought with him into national government (assuming the inevitable and the GOP plays lapdog and confirms them). But it is not just and only what will happen on the national stage, but it includes the state-by-state battles that will explode across the countryside in many of the states that have not already passed non-discrimination legislation protecting trans people.
The Social Conservative Culture Warriors (the ones you often see me refer to as “Pharisees” – I probably need to explain that term to some of you sometime) that you’ve seen me speak of before have openly declared war on us and any place in this country where the Republicans hold political power, we are at risk. Witness North Carolina. Some, minority, of GOP office holders are not buying it. Kentucky Governor Matt Blevin, who’s VERY conservative, has openly asked “Why do we need this?” about proposed “bathroom bills”. While Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is promising a Texas version of HB2 this year, the Speaker of this House has argued it’s a waste of time. Similarly there were two of those oppressive bills that made it to the governor’s desk last year, in South Dakota and Georgia, only to be vetoed. In both states stubborn pandering Republican legislators insist they will try again this year.
The number of states with pre-filed bills is already in double figures and there will surely be more bills introduced once legislative sessions begin in the next couple of weeks. As much as I might like to take this blog in a more light-hearted direction, at least some of the time, I don’t see how I can neglect the constant stream of news about legislative attacks that will surely fill the spring.
President Trump, for his part, has the power to eradicate many of President Obama’s more progressive equality moves with a simple executive order. Some progress will be harder to turn back, particularly those which have been supported by court decisions, but it won’t be for lack of trying. In all the key positions which have a direct effect on trans equality, notably Justice, Education, and Labor, the appointees are strikingly aligned with the SocialCon faction of the party and, of course, the VP is fully invested in that worldview.
I know, though I do not understand, that some Trans people irrationally supported the Republicans for “other reasons” which I will refrain from debating here, but I hope that at a minimum, they did so thinking the GOP would not follow through in oppressing us. I also hope they will not persist too long in their denial on that point, because war is coming. Not one we choose, or one we wish to fight, but one that has been brought specifically to us. Whoever you voted for, if you have ANY concern for the well-being of other trans people, become an activist in any way you can. Speak up and make a scene if ANY level of government attempts to oppress us. Yes, even if it seems a forgone conclusion. Do not go quietly. At all levels, resist.
Photo by Lenore Edman