Christine Hallquist worries about future of transgender rights after Vermont election

From The Burlington Free Press:

Nov. 7, 2018

Christine Hallquist, the first transgender person to run as a major-party candidate for governor conceded to incumbent Gov. Phil Scott just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

“I am very proud of the campaign we have run,” Hallquist told the Democratic gathering at the Hilton in Burlington.

Hallquist won 110,277 votes to Scott’s 151,176. The Republican incumbent swept the state with an almost 15 percent margin. But it was national politics that weighed on her following her loss.

“I’m more concerned about the future of America,” Hallquist said following her concession speech.

“I didn’t like what I was seeing in the numbers in the rest of the country tonight,” Hallquist continued at about 10:30 p.m. as numbers were still coming in across the country. “And if we still have a Republican majority in the House and the Senate nationally, I think people like me are in trouble.”

The Democrats regained a majority in the U.S. House on Tuesday, while Republicans added to their Senate majority.

Hallquist said she had no plans at the moment to become a national advocate for transgender rights, but didn’t rule anything out.

“I’m afraid for the future of my community,” Hallquist said regarding the Trump administration proposal to legally define gender only as a person’s presentation of genitalia at birth with no changes allowed.

“I do feel groundbreaking, but what good does it do if we don’t change things,” Hallquist said of national rather than state laws. “We have safe policies (in Vermont), but if I get my passport revoked because I’m transgender, what are you going to do?”

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