Sanity 2020

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, tomorrow is the last day of the 2020 election!

This where I would ordinarily share a short roundup of other stories, but honestly there's not much left to share and this is not an ordinary day.

I'm sure most of you have either voted or already have a plan to vote tomorrow but, if you don't, please make a plan to vote. There are many things at stake in this election from gaining control of the coronavirus pandemic to humane immigration policy to fascism itself, but to make it personal for me -- my civil rights are also up for a vote in this election.

Trump's regime has spent the last four years attacking transgender rights and actually succeeded in cases where the executive branch has control. Trump was able to ban new transgender military service. Republicans led by Trump have challenged transgender rights to employment, housing discrimination, access to homeless shelters and everything in between. More recently they've attacked the right for transgender kids to participate in sports. They do not believe people like me have a right to exist.

I've fought through a lot of emotional trauma over the last two years that only a handful of close friends know about. And that's not going to change if Trump wins; I will keep fighting for my own place to live and grow, but I would prefer it if I didn't have to fight. I would rather move forward with my life without the fear that my rights will be attacked by my own government.

I'm not going to make any bold predictions out of superstitious fear that I'll jinx it, but I will have something to say when the dust settles, win or lose.

As promised, I've updated my profile photo.

  • sawadee2000

    Great photo ๐Ÿ™‚ {‘ve spent the past 15 years teaching in Thailanf, where one’s gender identity is your own business! I never saw I a single instance of sexual harassment.

  • ๐Ÿฆ€Victor the Crab๐Ÿฆ€

    I really haven’t been coming here for awhile now. So I just popped in to see how things were going for election day. TBH, It took me a little by surprise to discover Ash had just come out as trans. I never would have known.

    Congratulations on your coming out, Ash. I hope your happy and content with your life. And we will continue to stand up and support the rights for the LGBTQ community. You’ll be needing it now that Moscow Mitch and his fellow GOP evildoers have tilted the courts in their favor.

    P.S. Nice photo!๐Ÿ‘

  • CptBermudas

    I very rarely comment here which is weird since i have been reading this site every day since it started I think. Anyway, as a clueless butch lesbian who never notices when any of my friends cut 3 feet of hair off their heads or dye it completely different colours, you will be happy to know that the first thing I thought when I saw your picture today was.. “I like the new hair do.” … and that was before i read that you put the new picture up.

    • JMAshby

      Ha! Thank you. This made me grin the biggest grin. I appreciate you.

      I relay every compliment to my hair dresser. I’ve gotten pretty good at styling my hair, but she showed me the way when I had no clue what I was doing.

  • Wildson

    On the real JM, you look so much happier, more complete, than previously.

    Congrats on finally being able to be you…


    • JMAshby

      Thank you. I am a full person for the first time in my life.

      • b2blog

        That reply warms my heart good for you. Did someone say something about politics, I almost didn’t hear it.