Roy McCormick: Transgenders not invalids

May 11, 2013 

Transgenders not invalids

The April 23 Point of View article “Rights of transgender Tar Heels in jeopardy, too” brings to mind many descriptors such as ludicrous, absurd, hollow or devious.

It is one thing to be against the proposed voter ID law because it could represent an undue burden on the invalid, the shut-in or the poor. Their infirmities or lack of mobility do suggest a logical argument against voter ID, though not an insurmountable one. It is quite another thing to claim that transgender people would be infringed upon for they are not infirm, not lacking mobility and certainly not penniless.

Any person who has the wherewithal and or motivation to embark on or complete a sex-change operation or to completely redo their wardrobe to evince their new sexual identity certainly has the same wherewithal and motivation to update their photo ID to comply with any voter ID law. The fact that it may be an onerous task is irrelevant. Is/was not their makeover also onerous?

If one by choice chooses to be a nonconformist, one must be prepared to accept the burdens of such choices.

Roy McCormick


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