Transgender Life

I don’t want this site to be solely about being transgender. From my experiences so far, it’s not even something I could write about every week – being in the closet is far more intense and frustrating and writeable. However, there are moments when things happen, unique to trans people. I’d like to share those moments with you, and let you into the mystery.

Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16 The World Around Me

Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16 The World Around Me

Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16: entry 14 The World Around Me

And then America made its choice. Without a TV or the Internet, I had to wait until I'd got to university (I was in at about 7am, so made an effort of sorts) to find out what had happened in the Presidential Election in America. I was originally shocked, but I remember being a lot more saddened and anxious when Bush stole it from Gore back in 2000, when he had the courts block the counting of votes that would have swung it Gore's way. This time? Nothing was stolen. Hillary may have edged the popular vote, but when 52% of white women, and over 60% of white men vote for Trump, especially in the vote-heavy states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan (not to mention Florida), then I don't think you can feel a sense of injustice. And Trump never hid his intentions; he talked of touching up women, of banning Muslims, of building a wall across the Mexican border and mass deportations. When Bush stole it in 2000, he pretended he was Mr Christian (favourite philosopher? Jesus Christ, of course), before unleashing a campaign of lies to invade Iraq and bring prosperity to VP Dick Cheney's Halliburton company. Bush's regime was mendacious, calculating, they rubbished John Kerry's war-record in 2004, when Bush had managed to pull strings to get himself out of fighting in Vietnam altogether ('I'm a war president,' the armchair soldier later smirked). The way Bush's people knocked McCain out of the 2000 campaign to be the Republican nominee was equally disgusting, having slanderous phone calls made to delegates that suggested improper sexual episodes. I'm sorry, Bush and his regime (Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bolton, et al) will always disgust me, not just for their actions, but the flag-waving, Jesus-worshipping hypocrisy of it all.

But this? American voters knew exactly what they were getting. Trump has never couched his words or feelings towards women, or about his tax avoidance. He's about as Christian as Pontius Pilate and doesn't need wars to make himself more of a man, not when he already has that ridiculous Trump Tower standing erect in New York city. I shrug my shoulders and am tired of caring about these kinds of situations, when it's what the majority of the country wants.

Is this another sign of the world falling apart? I don't think so. I think it's a sign that a sufficient – and growing – number of people in the West have finally had enough of seeing the gross inequality opening up in society, and the feeling of being left behind, despite all the rhetoric about freedom and opportunity. They're going for the most obvious solutions to begin with, but if Trump fails to bring back jobs to America, then Americans will look for something else.

So I'm sad for America in the short term (especially regarding any potential backlash against minorities), but Trump has made his boasts and promises on the economy. Now he has to deliver on the economy too, or face a backlash. And can I be honest? Hillary never excited me, I watched her in the first Presidential debate and she had nothing to say, just clichés along the lines of 'I believe we have to invest in our people,' etc. I hope the Democrats nominate an electrifying, radical duo for the next election – hopefully they'll have learned their lesson from Hillary's defeat, and also noted Bernie Sanders and his greater radicalism. It's only four years away. We get to see the Donald make a fool of himself, or he somehow creates lots of jobs for America, in which case, well done to him. And though I worry for a woman's right to choose, and whether Trump will set out to ban it with the Supreme Court, I go back to the 52% of (white) women who voted for him. So be it, the die is cast.

So, I'm not as angry or disturbed this time. I'm sadder about Brexit, and generally feel a bit tired about life in general, a weary shrug and, 'if it's what they want.' I don't think the Trump Presidency will be the start of Armageddon. I'm hoping he's a better man than he's pretended not to be, and Hillary was never the long term answer anyway. Though having said that, I'm not sure what is . . .

This diary post isn't about me being trans, but sometimes I'm bored of being 'trans,' and there's a world beyond the confines of my mind, so I hope it's okay occasionally to write about these things. I just wanted to say, I think the world will be okay.

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