Matt Kailey is a transman living in Denver, Colorado, and an author, public speaker, and trainer on transgender issues. He blogs at Tranifesto. In his ideal world, no one would be equal to anyone else – everyone would just be equal.
I was both flattered and honored when Renee contacted me and asked me to become a guest blogger on Womanist Musings approximately two years ago. I love this site, and I love the diverse community of bloggers and readers that Renee has brought together. Writing for Womanist Musings has been a highlight of the last twenty-four months.
Unfortunately, I have told Renee that I can no longer be a regular blogger (I will always remain a regular reader). My life has gotten a little out of hand, and I need to downsize and pare down some of my commitments.
In 2011, I started teaching at the community college level and found it to be wonderful, but challenging and time-consuming. I also intend, in early 2012, to finish the book that I have been working on and had hoped to finish by now. In addition, I have some other part-time jobs (community college is a labor of love, not money).
Renee has been an incredible person to work with. She has been very generous about not censoring what I write, while still letting me know how I might be coming across to readers. This is such a valuable blog highlight so many different points of view and experiences that I wish everyone out there in cyberspace would discover it.
Renee has let me know that I can submit posts to her in the future, and I really appreciate that. She has given me a fantastic platform, not only to spout off on trans issues, but on other topics that have meaning for me. I will be forever grateful, both to her and to the people who have read and commented on my posts. Please feel free to stop by my own blog, Tranifesto, any time. Everyone is welcome.
Thanks again to Renee and to you, her readers. And, of course, I can’t say goodbye without getting one of my political opinions in for 2012:
It’s an election year in the United States. Despite all the complaints and criticisms, even from his supporters, Barack Obama will be the only viable choice for the presidency. He’s far too conservative for me, and he was when I voted for him in 2008, but if you’re not happy with what he’s done (or hasn’t) in the last four years, think about how happy you’d be if McCain and Palin were running the country.
Mr. Obama is an incredibly intelligent man with far more going for him than he has been able to demonstrate in the four short years that he has been given to prove himself. He was left with a train wreck to clean up from the past, and he was saddled with unrealistic expectations from his supporters for the future. He has also been sidetracked by ridiculous time-wasters (what other president has had to produce a birth certificate for the public!) and has been hampered by institutionalized racism.
Under his watch, health care reform has been initiated, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been repealed, transsexual people have been hired for administrative positions, and trans federal employees have earned some job protections. For those who wanted Osama bin Laden eliminated, that has happened. Some progress has been made on ending warfare in the Middle East. Many other positive things have taken place even as the president’s hands have been tied by the opposition party and by his own party in Congress.
The other option in this upcoming election will, in my opinion, be just as scary as a McCain/Palin ticket, no matter who the Republican nominee will be (of course, the Republicans are always scary to me). But when I vote in November, I won’t be voting against the Republican nominee. I’ll be voting for Barack Obama.
He does not represent my stance on every issue. He does not always represent my values. But he represents progress that will not be made with a Republican administration and that might not be made with another Democrat in office.
If you are a U.S. resident and are eligible to vote, please don’t pass up the chance to make your voice heard. As crooked as our elections have appeared over the last decade, I still believe that our votes can make a difference. Call me naïve – I’ve been called a lot worse. Please vote.
Thanks for reading my posts here at Womanist Musings over the last two years, and thank you again, Renee, for the fantastic blog. I will no doubt show up in the comment section from time to time, and I will definitely be reading. Have a great year!