With the history making tone of last week's Democratic National Convention, it is not surprising that this question came in for Toby.
I just watched Sarah McBride speak at the democratic national convention. She is the first transgender person to address a national convention. What does this mean to you personally? And how are you doing these days? We would all love an update!
Thanks, Cyndi from OK
Watching Sarah speak at the DNC was so incredibly moving. It's a bit upsetting that it's taken this long to have an openly trans speaker at a major convention, but any step forward is a good step. And her presence there is such a solid reminder of what we have at stake in this election.
I've heard so many people saying they'll never vote Hillary, and will vote for a 3rd party candidate instead or even vote for Trump.
I can relate because when I go somewhere and ask for a coke but find out they don't have any, instead I ask for a nice big cup of acid to be poured all over me. (sarcasm)
That's what people sound like when they say that stuff.
I'm not even going to get into the rest of her policies (which she actually has compared to Trump who can write a 140 character tweet and that's about it.) but please. If you consider yourself an ally to the LGBTQIA community, vote for Hillary.
Not Trump. Not a 3rd Party. Hillary.
Look. I'm all for voting 3rd party if it's a viable option. But maybe not on an election year where we literally might elect the antichrist. And don't say "oh well my vote doesn't really matter." Look at it this way.
You have a state of 15 people. 7 vote Trump. 6 vote Hillary. 2 vote 3rd Party. Trump wins that state. It's seriously that easy.
If someone at all considers themself an ally, just remember not voting for Hillary is essentially voting for every single right the LGBTQIA community has fought for being taken away. Trump and Pence would love to send me to a conversion therapy camp. They'd love to take away marriage equality. They'd love to make it horrendously difficult for me to continue HRT. And that's just policies. Imagine the amount of rampant hate and violence that would be unleashed on the LGBTQIA community because, "oh well the leader of our country hates them publicly so I can too!"
Literally. If you're Bernie or Bust. Please, get past the anger. I was a Bernie supporter. Bernie has now endorsed Hillary. Hillary said she was going to work with Bernie on future policies. Bernie isn't leaving politics. Please get over the fact that we lost and realize stomping your feet about losing is literally going to put countless people's lives in danger.
If you think Hillary will be a "bad" president, ok fine. That's your opinion. We've had "bad" presidents before. But she's at least qualified to lead a country. We've managed with objectively "bad" presidents but my god. We have never had to deal with someone like Donald Trump who literally has no qualifications. None. Zero. How is this even a comparison to some people?
I just can't stress this enough. If you care about LGBTQIA people at all. Vote. Hillary. As I said before, I was part of Bernie's political revolution. And I still am, it's still going and pushing on. But for this election, I'm gladly walking forward With Her. Now.
Aside from all that, I'm doing great. I just passed 2 months on Testosterone not too long ago and already am noticing big changes. My voice is much deeper and cracks like I'm a pre-pubescent boy, but that's to be expected. Now I'm just waiting until September to go on my first Disney cruise as a "male" since we just got my passport changed to the correct gender!