State Delegate Bob Marshall argued against Tracy Thorne-Begland’s appointment as judge.
I am not sure what Kool-Aid I was drinking this past weekend because I assumed that Tracy Thorne-Begland would be appointed a judge but he was not. He fit all the molds that should placate main stream society like being white, male, cisgendered, upper class, employed, veteran, father, college graduate, and monogamous. I forgot the other identifier: homosexual. Regardless of his other identifiers, he is still a homosexual. Non-heterosexual sexualities never sits well with our society.
I may have still be hungover from the celebrations surround Obama’s ‘coming out’ in support of same-sex marriage. I overlooked the fact that he still thinks it should be a state issue. I forget that Virginia and the nation still lack any form of employment non-discrimination politices for LGBT. We have no cure for AIDS and lack anything close to comprehensive safer-sex education. There are no anti-bullying policies in Virginia or ban on reparative therapy. Trans folks still aren’t allowed to openly serve in our militaries. DADT was repealed but Thorne-Begland is still considered sinful for his actions against a repealed policy.
Now that I have sobered up, I am scared. I’m scared because if this could happen to the most ‘normal’ of us then what about folks who are not as ‘normal’? If Thorne-Begland is denied this position because of his activism over 20 years ago, then I wonder about folks who were ‘activists’ 10 minutes ago? For some in the queer community, their continued existence is activism. I am sure there are a lot more Thorne-Beglands in Virginia…