There has been a lot of discussion this year about voter suppression efforts. This discussion has been focused mainly on keeping African-American or Latino voters from the polls; the very people who are more likely to support President Obama, but MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry points out that these efforts also affects transgender men and women as well.
From The Washington Blade:
MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry stressed during an interview with the Washington Blade last week that voter suppression efforts continue to impact transgender Americans.
“They don’t look like what their photo IDs are,” she said from New Orleans. “So if they are self-presenting in front of an election official and they have an ID that says male or female and they’re sort of gender self-presenting in a non-conforming way, of course you end up with the possibility of shame or embarrassment or not being believed to be who you are.”