The National Stonewall Democrats are doing a cool thing: trying to track transpeople's donations to Barack Obama. The letter they sent out not along ago is reprinted below the break in full, but the basic idea is that, if you're trans, & you want to donate to Obama's campaign, you donate through their website, so that the donations can be "counted" as a bloc.
Excellent idea. Go do it.
Here's the letter:
Dear Fellow Transgender Advocate,
This year we have an opportunity to elect a President who will be the most transgender-supportive in history.
But electing a candidate isn't enough just by itself. Unless we're visibly and vocally involved with campaigns and giving our time, energy, money, and ideas we will miss out on an opportunity to create a relationship with a President who has already said he's willing to stand with us. That is why we are asking you to join with us in supporting Barack Obama.
We've set up a specific page to track donations from the transgender community and our allies to Sen. Obama's campaign. You can donate by clicking here:
In both the United States and Illinois Senate, Barack Obama has a long commitment to supporting the LGBT community—and specifically the transgender community. Most recently, here is what he said when issuing his statement on Pride month:
"It's time to live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. Let's enact federal civil rights legislation to outlaw hate crimes and protect workers against discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. . .
"We are ready to accomplish these goals because of the courage and persistence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have been working every day to achieve equal rights. The gay couple who demand equal treatment in our family laws as they raise their children; the lesbian soldier who wants nothing more than to serve her country openly and honestly; the transgender workers who ask for the simple dignity of being judged by the quality of their work. Generations of LGBT Americans, at once ordinary and extraordinary, have made possible this moment in our history. With leadership and hard work, we can fulfill the promise of equality for all."
--Sen. Barack Obama, June 6, 2008
Fully inclusive hate crime protections, fully inclusive employment non-discrimination, and a fully inclusive vision of the American family; these are the values we can have in our next President.
But he can't win—and our community won't advance—without your support.
We're encouraging you to give today to Barack Obama for President at a special fundraising page that will track the impact of the transgender community and our allies on the election.
This page, launched in conjunction with Stonewall Democrats, will track donations to the Obama campaign from the transgender community and our allies. The money raised on the page will go directly to Sen. Obama's campaign.
This election is too important to sit on the sidelines. Let's elect a pro-equality Democrat and help build power for our community.
Marti Abernathy, Karen Bachman, Pam Barres, Caprice Bellefleur, Dana Beyer, Laura Calvo, Carrie Davis, D'Angelo Johnson, Julie Johnson, Eden Lane, Lisa Mottet, Rev. Elijah C. Nealy, Donna Rose, Diego Sanchez, Lisa Scheps, Amanda Simpson, Barbra "Babs" Casbar Siperstein, Melissa Sklarz, Lynn Walker, Jill Weiss, Jaan Williams