The time has come to determine, once and for all, whether or not Bette Porter could win an election! This is it! The final round! To be honest with you, when we started this thing, we thought there was no one who was more of a boss in the eyes of gay TV viewers than Bette Porter, and therefore that no one could beat her in even a fictional political campaign, especially not when we narrowed it down to characters who lived in Los Angeles (or its fantasy counterpart). But now I’m not so sure. She still hasn’t won a single round and these queers youths are performing at a very high level!
Platforms and a ballot are below.
Round 1 — 11/25 (Lost: Rhonda Johnson, black-ish)
Round 2 — 11/26 (Lost: Nancy Botwin, Weeds)
Round 3 — 11/27 (Lost: Dawn Denbo, The L Word)
Round 4 — 12/2 (Lost: Hen, 9-1-1)
Round 5 — 12/3 (Lost: Davina Rejennae, Transparent)
Round 6 — 12/4 (Lost: Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
The Final Election — 12/5
The Announcement of The Winner — 12/8
Bette Porter, The L Word
Campaign Manager: Carmen Phillips
Bet on Me to Top LA
Housing. Much like every major city in the United States, Los Angeles is currently having a housing crisis. That affects LGBTQ+ youth most directly, who make up roughly 50% of the homeless population in this city. I won’t allow this city to be continued to be bought out by those most wealthy and leaving our community with nothing more than scraps. Powerful rich white men don’t scare me, I eat them for breakfast. I will take on every real estate developer who is trying to rob us out of our most important safety net — a place to lay our heads at night — and I Will Win.
Unemployment. Every citizen of Los Angeles has the right to work for an increased minimum wage that reflects the astronomical cost of living in this city. It’s not just about if the wealthy power lesbians — like myself or my friends — can afford to have in home pools or $7 lattes every morning. It’s about if everyday citizens, just like you, can afford to work full time and not end up in a life debt. Having a good, well paying, stable job should be a basic human right, and I will work everyday until it is.
Education. I believe in investing in our public school system. Not only do the best of Los Angeles public schools go toe-to-toe with any of our supposedly posh private or charter schools, they do so with fewer resources. Public schools are the lifeblood of the future of our city. Not only do I want to put money back in our schools, I will make it a top priority to invest in LGBT+ education and install a more strict anti-bullying policy. There is nothing more important to me than supporting LGBT students and students of color. Mini-Bette was one of those girls, and I will fight for her today.
Emma Hernandez, Vida
Campaign Manger: Heather Hogan
I’m Just Me
An Economy that Works for People Who aren’t Zillionaires. Fuck big banks. Fuck income inequality. Affordable housing? Yup. Livable minimum wage? Yup.
Stop Ignoring the Climate Crisis. Do you want your kids to have a planet to live on, or what?
The Wall. Are you fucking kidding me with this shit still? Abolish ICE, citizenship for DREAMers, repeal the illegal entry statute, keep families together. Seriously? Are you fucking kidding? How is this even up for debate?
Elena Alvarez, One Day at a Time
Campaign Manager: Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
Let’s Improve LA—One Day at a Time.
Education. As part of my platform, I want to make sure all schools in Los Angeles are trans and queer friendly in their policies, programs, and services. As the youngest candidate for mayor, education is very important to me, and making sure LGBTQ kids feel safe and welcome in their schools is a must.
Mental Health Resources. Making sure mental health resources and services are available in all schools is one of my other priorities. Every public school in Los Angeles should have at least one fully trained counselor on its staff.
Transportation. Lastly, I want to invest more in public transportation initiatives in LA, focusing on improving existing systems but also adding more bus routes. These programs would prioritize affordability as well as sustainability.
Before you go! It takes funding to keep this publication by and for queer women and trans people of all genders running every day. And A+ members keep the majority of our site free for everyone. Still, 99.9% of our readers are not members. A+ membership starts at just $4/month. If you’re able to, will you join A+ and keep Autostraddle here and working for everyone?