Transgender America Proved on Nov 7th That Love Will Always Trump Hate
by Brian Moniz
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 will go down as the day Transgender Americans made their voices heard at the ballot box. Eight courageous Americans came to their races with an agenda and a voice, backed by hundreds of thousands of supporters, to send a clear message to bigots everywhere — your time is up!
Andrea Jenkins of Minneapolis, Minnesota became the first openly transgender black woman to be elected to city council. Lisa Middleton, an openly transgender woman, was elected to city council in Palm Springs. Danica Roem, a transgender woman, defeated thirteen-time incumbent Bob Marshall in Virginia to be elected to the House of Delegates. Marshall, the self-proclaimed “Chief Homophobe” refused to address Roem by her proper pronouns, and spoke of her as a man during the campaign. Marshall is also the lawmaker who wrote up the controversial anti-transgender bathroom bill many years ago.
Five other transgender men and women won positions in city councils and school boards in their hometowns, respectively; including Gerri Cannon (New Hampshire), Stephe Koontz (Georgia), Tyler Titus (Pennsylvania), Phillipe Cunningham (Minnesota), and Raven Matherne (Connecticut).
Last Tuesday’s elections were not just a major win for the Transgender community, but for all minorities and progressives in general.
Seattle, Washington just elected their first openly gay mayor, Jenny Durkan. Charlotte, North Carolina elected their first ever black woman mayor, Vi Lyles. Hoboken, New Jersey elected their first ever Sikh mayor, Ravinder Bhalla, despite a campaign filled with warnings from the opposition that he is a “terrorist”. Melvin Carter will be the first black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. Virginia elected Kathy Tran, a Vietnamese refugee, to be the first ever Asian-American woman in the House of Delegates. Joyce Craig became the first woman ever to be elected mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Hala Ayala, who served as the President of the National Organization of Women and helped organized the Women’s March, became the first Latina elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates. Helena, Montana just elected their first ever black mayor, Wilmot Collins, who was a Liberian refugee. Topeka, Kansas elected the first Latina single-mother as their new mayor, Michelle De La Isla; and the list of “firsts” goes on and on and on…
One very prominent victory came when (Democrat) Chris Hurst defeated (Republican) Joseph Yost — an extremely right-wing gun-lover who was hand-picked by the NRA to run for office. Hurst, whose late girlfriend, Allison Parker, was the reporter who was killed by a gunman on live TV back in 2015, dedicated the victory to Allison and her family, and vows to work hard to attack thoughtless pro-gun laws and add more restrictions to prevent unnecessarily dangerous and deadly firearms from being purchased by ordinary citizens.
Before anyone starts celebrating too soon, let’s not forget what happened when we did that one year ago during the Presidential election. The important next step is not to brag over these early victories, but to keep this momentum going for all elections in all 50 states. If ever you wanted to run for office, now is the time! It’s one thing to post an anti-Trump, anti-hate blog or comment online, but if you really want to send a middle finger to Trump, bigots, homophobes, sexists, gun-nuts, and hateful people across the country: get off your phone, off your computer, off the couch and vote! November 7th is just a tiny sample of what people who fight for good can accomplish if we work together to make it happen, and we can’t stop now! Love — 8, Hate — 0.
About the Author:
Brian Moniz is a 29-year-old man from San Jose, Calif. He studied filmmaking and writing at San Jose State University from 2010–2013 and got his bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV-Film. Throughout his high school and college years, he worked as a music and movie journalist and critic. Having only recently come out of the closet himself in 2014, Brian enjoys writing about LGBTQ issues. His only regret when it comes to his sexuality is that he didn’t come out sooner. Read more by Brian here.