This is my Political Rant about Houston Equal Rights Vote. Liberals Let the a small vocal group set the agenda and argument yet again
The Failure of HERO in many ways is due to the inability of the proponents to wage a descent campaign. First they didn’t have the grass roots effort to get the vote out and we all know that in small elections the conservatives are able to get out the vote better than the liberals.
Countering the lies and deception of the Religious Right was pathetic in so many ways. First, having a hard core media blitz countering the “Predator” argument was not waged. Second, the proponents didn’t do a simple thing. That is to have working transgender people make a case as to why the “Bathroom” issue was idiocy.
I am a successful Transgender Woman that works for the US Government and I pay taxes, go out to dinner and live my life as a confident woman. So when the religious right goes out and tries to villainize transgender people, people like me were never put out thee to show that we are really just normal people that live among the population.
The visual people had were perverts that cross dress and lurk in women’s bathrooms ready to pounce on unsuspecting women and children. They didn’t see people like me using women’s restrooms and just blending in with other women.
One of the successful operations of the effort to gain marriage equality was to show people that gay and lesbian people are just normal people who love their spouses. Why not use the same tactic with transgender people.
Yes we are having greater visibility with Caitlyn Jenner, Jenny Boylan, Janet Mock, and Laverne Cox, however there are so many of us that are invisible to the public. Part of this is because we just want to blend in and be part of society.
I am lucky in that I work at a place where I could transition on the job and continue working. I have acceptance with my co-workers and people just accept me as a woman. I know this is not the norm and we have to change laws so transgender people do not face unemployment because of who they are.
What is evident is that the 61% of the voters in Houston did not have an alternative view of transgender women. The either see the celebrities or the visualization provided by right wing Christian Conservatives. The easiest way to dispel the hate speech is to show that transgender women are just women and we are not out to change the agenda or create controversy.
There is lots of post-election analysis and some people are saying that having transgender people part of HERO was a bad ideal. What I say is that the proponents didn’t go out and get all the affected groups mobilized to counter the BS arguments. They didn’t go out to show that LGBT people can and will make society better.
Instead of being defensive, we should use the same tactics that the opponents used. We need to take the argument back and show the voters that Equal Rights is not going to break apart the fabric of society. We need to show people that we are their neighbors, co-workers, family and friends.
We can vilianize the lies of the Religious Right, however if we do not stand up to the lies and show the voters reality with the same effort, we will lose.
We let the religious Right define the message of the election and didn’t give the voters a real view of transgender men and women that are working people in society. It is time we use the same tactics we used to bring about marriage equality in our efforts to Equal Rights Campaigns.