Central PA's LGBT News Source
By Joanne Carroll
As this issue of The Central Voice hits the streets, November 6, 2018 will be nearly upon us. In case you forgot, that is the date of the General Election.
In the past four years, I have had the pleasure and honor of serving on several Commonwealth-wide boards or workgroups and have first-hand knowledge of how strongly committed our Governor, Tom Wolf is to making lives better for all Pennsylvanians, and for LGBTQIA citizens in particular. Through Executive Orders, and policy achievements we have gained ground even though nationally many of our rights have been eroded. Now in any official capacity I cannot tell you how to vote, however, as you go to the polls to cast your vote, consider who your real friends are, and then vote accordingly.
Concomitantly, I cannot tell you how to cast your ballot for any of the other candidates standing for election, and that includes a vote for US Senator, and any number of state and local races. What I can do is ask you to look closely at their position statements, their public statements, and their track records…and once again, evaluate which of them truly will work for the advancement of equality for all of us in the queer community.
How often have we heard that elections have consequences…only at every election cycle, and this time it is perhaps even more critical. The change we need to solidify our constitutional rights can only happen if those we elect are willing to stand up and be counted on our behalf. Regardless of the candidate(s) you choose to support, be prepared to hold their feet to the fire and settle for nothing less from them but their unequivocal support for our right to exist alongside our fellow citizens.
Sisters and brothers, we are under attack, from a number of different sources. Remember, that when you vote you have the opportunity to create a bulwark of protection from those that would seek to do us harm.
Carroll is the president of TransCentral PA. TransCentral PA is committed to providing advocacy and caring support for transgender individuals, their significant others, families, friends and allies.