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Non-stop assaults continue

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By Joanne Carroll

Inarguably 2017 has not been a great year for the LGBT community. The assaults on us and our brothers and sisters have been virtually non-stop. We read every day about some action taken by the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in DC, or some rollback by his henchmen. That or a legislature in some state enacts a piece of legislation that takes away freedom and justice, or places a burden on our community that no one else faces.

However, there was a bright spot in November as many LGBT individuals were successful in their effort to attain a political office. Mayors, city council members, school board members, and a state legislator succeeded in their elections, and doubtless, they will change the paradigm in their corner of the world.

In addition, another bright note, thanks to Governor Wolf and his cabinet and staff, we have made some clear and distinctive policy gains, many initiated by the LGBT work group, chaired by Dr. Rachel Levine, our Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General.

This should serve as an incentive to us as we head into the 2018 elections and beyond. Our votes as a community matter, and we should rally around those candidates and issues that support our concerns, and will work for the freedom and justice for all persons.

The two-party system has become the oligarchs versus the rest of us. Those richest people in the world have dominated our elective process for far too long. Many in our community put forward the line of reasoning that many of us fail to reach out in a spirit of compromise and good will and that we share the guilt for the brokenness of the system. Wrong! “He that has the gold makes the rules” has been the precedent for far too long.

There simply is no reasoning against money! All we have to compete with is our voices and our votes, and none of us should ever sit out because we do not like the choices. When in doubt, go with the candidate or issue that will help each of us achieve the full citizenship we deserve.

May you be richly blessed in this New Year!

Joanne Carroll is the current President of TransCentral PA. TransCentral PA is committed to providing advocacy and caring support for transgender individuals, their significant others, families, friends and allies.