I seldom discuss politics here.
Weeks ago, I added the Trans United for Obama button to the blog without a word. The button spoke for itself; if you wanted to know more, click on the button and it took you to a website where you could learn more.
Today, I received the following e-mail.
I really do not like your placing an Obama button on your home page. There is no real freedom down the road of that ideology and I am opposed to this president and his snuffing out of individual initiative and honest dealing.
Even if we disagree, why turn your site into a political commercial -- as if there were only one way to see things. That is the common arrogance of the left.
I guess it is time to explain why I added the Trans United for Obama button to the blog.
I support candidates that support me or my cause; always have, always will. I am transgender and my cause is equal rights for transgenders.
Consider the records of President Obama and the presumed GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
More has been accomplished by the Obama administration for transgender rights than all 43 other presidents combined. Those accomplishments include:
Ending the Social Security Administration’s gender “no-match” letters and allowing for true gender passports.
Ensuring that transgender Americans can receive true gender passports without surgery.
Establishing guidelines to help protect transgender federal employees from discrimination in the workplace.
Making sure transgender veterans receive respectful care according to their true gender through the Veterans Health Administration.
Former Governor Romney's administration and friends in Massachusetts have less than a stellar record regarding transgender rights.
In 2006, Romney’s administration blocked publication of a state antibullying guide for Massachusetts public schools because officials objected to use of the terms “bisexual’’ and “transgender’’ in passages about protecting certain students from harassment.
As a reporter for the Boston Herald, Eric Fehrnstrom, now Romney's "most trusted" adviser, gleefully outed a Massachusetts transgender woman, Althea Garrison, ending her political career.
Unlike the Obama campaign website, no where on the Romney campaign website is there a mention of transgenders. However, in my opinion, Romney's championing a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman does not bode well for an expansion of transgender rights under a Romney administration.
President Obama supports my cause, Governor Romney does not, so I support President Obama.