Lydia, 25
Software Engineer
Florida

 

I'm a Latina trans woman. One outcome of this election puts into power people who think each of these makes me worth less than them. The legitimacy of my identity should not be a political issue. 

Locking me in a room with a "therapist" until I'm "cured" of being queer is an affront to the social progress we've made as a country, but it was also advocated for by one of the Vice Presidential nominees. 

When I came out, I was certain women were treated unfairly in technical environments and they experienced sexual assault at a rate several times greater than that of men. Until I spent every day living as one, I didn't realize how pervasive hostility to women was, and how hard it is to avoid.

Threatening to jail your opponent if you win is the domain of fascists. 

 

These things are being normalized, and we may very well have already changed the standards for American political discourse for years to come.

Hillary is being judged on the small number of mistakes she's made gaining decades of experience, while her opponent is being judged on his potential despite no experience at all. It's the same struggle women put up with every day. Our demonstrable experience is deemed less valuable than the unproven potential of a man.

She's too well prepared, she must be insecure. She's too confident, she must be a bitch. People keep bringing up things her husband has said as though he'll actually be the one running the country.

Our country deserves the best person for the job, even if half of the country's biases are fighting against her.