“Early on when our team assembled I said ’the more successful we are, the more vitriol and threats we are going to receive. It’s kind of a natural outcome of our divided country.”

Christine Hallquist

Image via Christine Hallquist

Tuesday, Vermont’s transgender gubernatorial candidate, Christine Hallquist, says that she has been receiving a steady stream of death threats and other personal attacks. These started when her candidacy began to draw national attention.

Ms. Hallquist said most of the threats, which began before she won the nomination, have been coming from outside of Vermont. However, during her primary campaign it was not unusual for people to yell insults at her during parades and other public appearances.

We continue to have a problem with hate directed at people simply because they are different. The other. It makes no sense. Do these folks believe that Ms. Hallquist, a successful business executive, volunteered to become transgender because it is chic or trendy?

Hallquist, who is now running against incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the November election, is the first openly transgender political candidate to have won a major party nomination for governor.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.