Election Day always brings surprises, but what happened in Houston and Kentucky was no surprise. LGBT people are leading the polls–as a reason to vote Democratic candidates and civil rights policies out.Since the 2000 election, Democrats have been losing ground politically, particularly at the state level.So when the governorship of Kentucky shifted from Democrat to Republican for the first time in 40 years on Nov. Only 30.7% of registered voters actually voted and more than half were Republicans.
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Whether it is because the person is not “passable” in some way, or because the background check reveals their previous name, or there is a DD214 (military discharge) they can’t update, or a Google search – if you’re transgender, chances are you be outed eventually during the process, and it will likely (negatively) affect whether or not you are interviewed, much less extended a job offer.
One of my closest friends also works in government as a high-level technical person.
America’s first biracial president brought out voters who had never voted in their lives and galvanized a youth vote that hadn’t been similarly galvanized since the 1992 election of Bill Clinton.
But what became clear in 2010 was if Obama wasn’t on the ticket, Democratic voters didn’t vote and Republicans and Independents would vote resoundingly against Obama’s policies.
Coming from Canada, one of the most liberal countries in the world (especially with regard to homosexuality see map of sexual freedoms here), it’s almost shocking to me.
The topic does not impact my life directly, but I am a definite believer in human rights, and so the subject holds a certain importance.Okay, so you get that gender identity is different from gender expression, which is different from sexual orientation.You know the difference between transsexual, transgender, gender queer, gender fluid, and agender. Some recent conversations I’ve had have revealed prevalent myths and misconceptions about transgender people that we need to move beyond.I found it interesting both that the issue is in the forefront of the news in Ghana today, and that there is now an official Gay and Lesbian Association of Ghana (GALAG), with a spokesperson who is not afraid to appear in public. The article points out that Ghana’s heros have come out publicly in support of gay and lesbian rights, “Nelson Mandela said that he considered “homosexuality to be just another form of sexuality that has been suppressed for years”; Kofi Annan, a former UN General Secretary, supported gay rights with a move to extend benefits to the same-sex partners of UN staff; and as well as signing the UN declaration calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Obama also recently spoke at a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride event, describing homophobia as an example of “worn arguments and old attitudes”.Yet deeply entrenched cultural attitudes in Ghana die hard.You know that not everyone wants “the surgery,” and not to ask if they do. Simple definitions aren’t enough: we need to be talking about lived realities.