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 DADT was repealed but Thorne-Begland is still considered sinful for his actions against a repealed policy.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…
Update: We’ve gotten some questions about this claim and thought we’d clarify. Searching “LGBTQ” on whitehouse.gov yields the message as seen in the top image. The fact checking site Snopes has said the clearing of the website was announced earlier this week and it was made clear the information and sites from Obama’s administration would be [...]