The issues facing the transgender community are complex and require robust, creative, people-centered political solutions. These solutions may scare those people who believe in keeping government spending low, but are necessary to protect ALL Americans, including transgender Americans.
If New York succeeds in canceling the presidential primary, the hundreds of passionate, committed volunteers who worked with Simran and Kathryn to get Bernie Sanders on the New York ballot will likely feel that all their efforts were for nothing; they could not only become demoralized, but stop being involved in political activism.
On March 1st, Pete Buttigieg ended his 2020 presidential bid. During the campaign, much fanfare was made of Pete Buttigieg being an openly gay candidate. However, Buttigieg has been vocal in his opposition to Medicare for All, Bernie Sanders’ signature policy proposal which would provide coverage to all Americans. Health care is especially important to the transgender community.
FDR made a fatal error when he backed off of anti-lynching legislation to appease Southern Democrats. Today’s progressives can make a new, stronger coalition that isn’t tainted by racism.