Gender identification is a very complicated and confusing issue. It certainly has America, actually the world, trying to understand and be considerate of this identity. So it's with great admiration for a Nevada woman that I write this post.
She is Lauren Scott, who identifies herself as transgender. She's the executive director of Equality Nevada and this week she won 58 percent of the primary vote in the state Assembly's 30th District. Where I become confused isn't that she's transgender. It's that she's a registered Republican. Her victory has got to be considered a great achievement for the LGBT community, especially considering she is affiliated with the GOP.
Her win isn't as baffling to me as her party affiliation. Why would someone bucking the establishment -- face it, transgender is still disdained by many -- pick the party that would least welcome her?
Now maybe I'm wrong because they did give her the nod last Tuesday with their votes. But here's an interesting aside. Up until a year ago, she was a registered Democrat. Now she's going to be running against an incumbent Democrat whose party seems to be much more welcoming than Scott's newly chosen affiliation.
If she were to win, could you imagine her standing next to Republican Senator Dean Heller in a photo-op or visiting the Cliven Bundy Ranch?
Maybe this is the year, not only of the woman, but of the transgender woman. According to HuffPo:
If Scott wins in November, she could be the nation's first openly transgender state legislator, though another transgender woman, Dana Beyer, is running in Maryland's Democratic primary for a state Senate seat and so could also win that distinction.
Scott was as an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force for nearly seven years.
So, this could be something quite amazing coming out (pardon the strange pun) of the upcoming November general elections. Good luck, ladies.