Friday, August 10, 2018

We Are Running For Office…

… not only here but in Pakistan trans women is running for parliament.
Once ostracised, now Pakistani transgender people are running for parliament
A new law lets people self-identify their gender on official documents and offers protection to 13 trans candidates in this week’s election
The Guardian
By Memphis Barker in Islamabad
July 2018

Cast out, marginalised and even murdered, transgender people in Pakistan used to have to rely on their wits to survive. Now they are running for parliament.

The country is conservative and deeply religious and homosexuality is illegal, but it has nonetheless introduced laws that are at the global forefront of trans rights. Pakistan has officially recognised a third gender since 2009.

Laws were liberalised still further in March with a wide-ranging piece of legislation that grants intersex people, eunuchs and trans men and women the option to self-identify their gender on official forms. A person born male can now hold a female passport.
There are 13 trans candidates to choose from in Wednesday’s election. Nadeem Kashish, a 35-year-old transgender woman running for office in Islamabad, smokes a cigarette on the street below her makeup studio.

In 2018, transgender women are running for governor, Congress and more
Washington Post
By Kayla Epstein
August 9, 2018

Much has been made of 2018 being “The Year of the Woman,” but that narrative tells only part of the story of this election cycle. In fact, the country is seeing an increase in potentially historic candidacies across many demographics, including the LGBTQ community.

Within the next four weeks, three transgender women will appear on ballots across the United States. They are part of what’s being called a “rainbow wave” of LGBTQ candidates in this year’s midterms.

“This year has been especially notable in that we have more trans women running for office than at any other time in history,” said Elliot Imse of Victory Fund, which helps elect LGBTQ candidates. He pointed to the 2017 victories of Virginia Del. Danica Roem (D) and Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins (D) as helping pave the way for more transgender candidates to emerge in this cycle.

Two transgender candidates will be on ballots in the next week: In Hawaii, Kim Coco Iwamoto, a lawyer and advocate for the homeless, is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. In Vermont, Christine Hallquist, the former chief executive of Vermont Electric Cooperative, is vying to be the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee. And on Sept. 4, former military intelligence officer Alexandra Chandler will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District. All three are embracing liberal policies as their campaign platforms, and they all face steep odds.
As usual Connecticut gets left off the list.

Last year a transgender candidate, Raven Matherne won the election for Stamford City Representative and we also have a trans woman, Jacey Wyatt who is running for governor.

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