I had a conversation with another Queer activist yesterday. She asked me what are the major concerns of the Hampton Roads Trans community and the greater LGBTQ community in Hampton Roads.
I said, "Marriage equality is certainly important. Everyone should certainly have the right to be "married." As for the Trans community, inequality means no employment, little to no health care, and rampant housing discrimination. It is most difficult to think about marriage when you do not have a roof over your head. You do not have a job. You cannot afford to eat. Health care professionals turn you away because they refuse to treat Transgender people."
"As for the greater LGB community, many of these folks share the same issues in particular if they are LGBTQ of any color than white."
It is so easy for folks who are white, middle class, assimilated to sit back in their easy chairs and ponder their marriage equality navels.
Military service is not the answer to these immediate issues for Transgender people. It is a tradeoff. One trades their lack of civilian rights so they can gain said rights by putting their own well being in harm's way.
Do not misunderstand me. Everyone should have full equality throughout society including the right to get married or to join the military.
Employment, housing, food, and health care are more important than getting married or a military trade off.
Let's get our priorities right!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Posted by De Sube at 1/26/2011 09:42:00 AM