South Carolina’s Gubernatorial Race Just Got Troublesome for State’s Transgender

By Sabrina Samone

If you live in the blue county of Charleston, in the red state of South Carolina, you may feel like a deer staring in the head lights of an 18 wheeler that’s about to push you out into the ocean, full speed ahead. Though we’re a predominant Republican state, there has been enough Democratic strength here to hold off similar legislation that’s plagued our neighbors to the north, or that Lone Star state out west. Yet gone possibly, are the days when former Republican Governor Nikki Haley said of a similar N.C. bathroom law proposal here, “I don’t believe it’s necessary. When I look at South Carolina, we look at our situations, we’re not hearing of anybody’s religious liberties that are being violated, and we’re again not hearing any citizens that feel like they’re being violated in terms of freedoms.

Even though she spoke out against Trumpzilla, she accepted a position as UN Ambassador. She left SC in the hands of her Lt. Govenor Henry McMaster, an old toad, sitting proudly on his pre-civil rights era ideology. Yet, with his slightly pro-“heritage” stance, even he believed that an anti-transgender bathroom bill in South Carolina was not needed. So why is this muse nervous? The reason is Catherine Templeton, and where does she kick off her campaign?  Her first town hall in Pickens County, a Republican stronghold, in the very red Upstate area, to gather the red coats. When it comes to the opposite end of the state from the coast, we are talking the heart of S.C.’s Republican soul. This is the home of Bob Jones University, which only after being boycotted by the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, did they stop expelling students for interracial dating…and it wasn’t immediately.

McMaster is expected to run for Governor in his own right. There is little confidence the 70 year old is expected to win in a state that’s average median age continues to lower, and who has spent a lifetime in state politics. In the era of Trump, non lifetime politicians are the preferred choice. That leaves 46 year old, shamelessly proud confederate, Catherine Templeton, who already has the eye of Trump and an upstate darling to all the bigots, transphobes, and separatist of the state.

Recently in Columbia, at her first town meeting as a gubernatorial candidate, a woman at the Republican town hall asked Templeton if she would back a law banning transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice like one passed and rolled back in North Carolina. 

“Would you buckle like North Carolina did or would you stand up for the Lord’s word?” the “upstate” woman said.

The GOP hopeful running in her first race said, she believed people should use bathrooms based on their birth gender but did not say anything about putting that into law. On another social conservative issue, abortion, Templeton told the town hall that she would allow exceptions for incest and if the mother’s life is endangered.

Side note, Templeton was summoned to Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Trump when he was picking his cabinet, but she turned down a job in the U.S. Department of Labor. She remains a supporter of Trump.

To all the state’s LGBTQIA activist, prepare to RESIST!

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Caitlyn Jenner Hints About Senate Run…Odds are as Republican.

Just after musician Kid Rock tweeted out the possibility of Senate run in Michigan, Olympic gold medalist and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner told a New York radio audience she is eyeing a Senate run in California. Joining the list of Celebrities wishing to change careers.

Jenner told radio host John Catsimatidis that she was mulling whether she could accomplish more as an outsider “working the perimeter of the political scene” or “from the inside.”

California Senate incumbent Dianne Feinstein,¹ who turned 84 in June, has not said whether she plans to seek re-election in 2018. Feinstein has become one of the most pro-lgbt and respected Senators in the Country. If she chooses not to run, and Jenner, who is LGBT, as a Republican take the seat,  either circumstance could be a disaster, and further embarrassment for the trans community if Jenner runs.

Two months ago, she also in an interview with CNN”s Don Lemon², said “yes, I would consider a run.”  Most believe that she’d run as a Republican. Since her coming out, the majority of our community has been outspoken in their disapproval of Jenner’s choice to support the same politicians that would harm trans people. In February, she spoke out against Trump’s repealing of Obama’s transgender school bathroom policies, but continued her support and belief that she has influence with Trump, and urged the few trans republicans, to give him time. 

“I have considered it, I like the political side of it. The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me. Over the next six months or so, I [have to] find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside. And we are in the process of determining that.”

Jenner said she has worked with the American Unity Fund to get GOP lawmakers to better understand LGBT issues.

That’s kind of my issue,” she said.

​Jenner, 67, who came out as a transgender woman in 2015³, ​said she could help change the face of the Republican Party.

The perception of the Republican Party is that they are all about rich white guys trying to make money. I would hope in ​the next​ generation​ ​… that we can change the perception of the Republican ​P​arty and make it the party of equality​,”​ she said.​

Jenner seems to think again, without any regard to the trans community she ‘thinks’ she represents, that she could change the Republican Party from the inside. It would be doubtful she’d have a chance up against the legendary Senator Dianne Feinstein, if Feinstein continues to run for office.

Yet with this news alone, it’s another potential embarrassing moment for our community. In days of slavery, the term Uncle Tom was coined to those that would sell out their own race for personal gain. Now we have a potential Auntie Tammy in the case of Jenner. Yet, there is growing support in our community of those that have seen her efforts to grow. Could there be a change in attitudes within our community about Caitlyn?

A long time advocate, author, and writer of TheTMPlanet Lynnea Stuart says, “Caitlyn Jenner has the right to run for political office and anyone who thinks she will stop her part of the public discourse will have a rude awakening. She’s not going away. And I welcome anyone who seeks to reform the GOP to become a more accepting and affirming party. There was a time when the Republicans were the party of civil rights and the Democrats the ultraconservatives. That changed in the 1960’s after Kennedy and Johnson stood for the civil rights of Blacks and certain other minorities. But I sense that Caitlyn will end up biting off more than she could chew if she goes for the Senate. This is someone who has admitted to having issues with reading and writing due to dyslexia and needed quite a bit of help from others to produce her book “Secrets of My Life.” She will face off against others who have gone through law school and are members of the BAR. These are people skilled in not only writing but debate. Does she have the critical skills necessary to field and LSAT? I seriously doubt it. Worse yet, she will also face off with Evangelical Dominionists, many of whom have shown themselves to have levels of scholarship in Philosophy, the Bible, and Classical Languages. From what I’ve seen her religious position isn’t thought through on the level it would require to confront the likes of Santorum, Pence, or Cruz. Nor have I seen any inclination on her part to expand her understanding of the Bible beyond the cursory spoon feeding she gets from her pastor. I like Caitlyn. I’m not inclined to bash her for her celebrity or her political affiliation. I’ve seen her grow remarkably in a short time despite her frequent gaffes. But I do think she has yet to fully develop her thinking before even beginning to take on a Senate run.”

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  1. Dianne Feinstein recalls the day she had to announce to the world, the assassination of  colleague Harvey Milk.
  2. Don Lemon is an openly gay news anchor for CNN.
  3. In 2015, Bruce Jenner, former Olympic Gold Medalist, came out as transgender
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