The Good: Election Night 2017
A lot of transgender people spent the night of November 8th fearing for the future, only to be pleasantly surprised. And while 2017's electoral gains weren't good enough to counteract the devastating effects of a Trump-Pence administration, they were certainly a step in the right direction.
Seven openly transgender candidates won elections, ranging from Stephe Koontz, who won a city council race in Georgia, to Danica Roem, the incoming Virginia state legislator (and metalhead) who ran against the author of an anti-transgender "bathroom bill." In fact, two black transgender candidates – Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham – both won races for Minneapolis City Council seats. This is the first time in history that so many transgender people have won elections. Not only is that precedent a direct repudiation of Trump's bigotry, it's proof that voters increasingly don't care about a candidate's transgender status, so long as they can get the job done. Last year ended with the election of Donald Trump. This year ended with hope.