Then, of course, there is the Tea Party element. I don't know how any gay or lesbian can align him or her self with them, but I hear there are such people. I guess I shouldn't be surprised: It also has people who have gotten and want to keep, and want to slam the door behind them. (I must say, though, I've yet to hear of a gay or lesbian say that climate change or the Ebola outbreak are God's vengeance against gay people.)
Whatever motives a gay man who looks like he just stepped of the pages of Gentleman's Quarterly has for being a Republican, I don't think very many trans people share them. In fact, I can't think of any reason for any trans person to vote for any Republican, even the ones who profess their support of same-sex marriage or other forms of equality for LGBT people. Too many other policies in the GOP platform work against us. I wonder whether the "gay-friendly" Republicans can see the inconsistencies in their platform.
But, I suppose, some trans folk are smarter than I am. Or, at least, they can rationalize things I can't. One of them is, apparently, Lauren Scott. She is trying to unseat an incumbent Democrat assemblyman in a blue-collar district of Sparks, Nevada.
What's really striking, though, is that she worked on John Kerry's Presidential campaign in 2004 and has a picture of herself with Vice President Joe Biden on her website.
I wonder: Did she get rich since then? Or is she doing something trans people were advised to do in the days of Christine Jorgensen: abandoning her past and re-inventing herself? If she's doing that, why does she have the photo with Biden on her website?
Some things, I'll just never understand.