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Activists Rally Behind Transgender Candidate Who Improperly Filled Out Their Paperwork

via News 5 Cleveland
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A transgender political candidate, Vanessa Joy, was disqualified from running for the Ohio House of Representatives due to a state law requiring candidates to include their previous name on their candidate petition.

This law has also affected other transgender candidates, leading to concerns about being forcibly outed.

“The law applies to everyone. It is cynical and unfair to criticize the Stark County Board of Elections for their unanimous and bipartisan decision to follow Ohio law,” Melanie Amato, the director of communications for the secretary of state, wrote. (Trending: Pro Sport Announces Shock Decision On Transgender Athletes)

“In the trans community, our dead names are dead; there’s a reason it’s dead ― that is a dead person who is gone and buried,” Joy said.

The law has been criticized as archaic and anti-LGBTQ+, and is seen as a deterrent for trans individuals seeking public office.

“The law they are using is archaic and incredibly anti-woman and anti-LGBTQ+,” Ari Faber said. “It’s being selectively applied to target transgender candidates, and that is unacceptable.”

“The only thing that we can do is try to fight back,” Joy said. “That’s why there are so many trans candidates in Ohio.”

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