However, according to American Anthropologist David Valentine, many individuals resist the label "transgender" because it is overly-inclusive.While some "cross-dress" to receive erotic pleasure, others have undergone serious and potentially fatal sexual reassignment surgery in order to be their preferred gender.Since June 26, 2015, same-sex marriage has been legal in all 50 States and American territories except American Samoa and Native American land.Though heterosexuality is viewed as the social "norm" in the United States, many other cultures maintain a very diverse perspective on sexuality and sexual orientation.He faced no Republican opponent in the general election and won with 93% of the vote against an independent.He won re-election in 2000 with 81%--the only time he faced a Republican challenger. After a redistricting by the Republican-controlled legislature, the 78th Assembly District boundaries were changed.
He also took on a leading role among Assembly Democrats, running caucus campaign efforts in 2008 when Democrats went from five seats down to successfully retaking the majority for the party for the first time in 14 years. Pocan decided to run in the open 2nd congressional district.In 2012, Baldwin gave up her congressional seat in order to run for the U. He won a four candidate Democratic primary with 72% of the vote.He won all 7 counties in the district, including the heavily populated Dane County with 74% of the vote. He credits his political activism in part to an incident soon after he graduated from college and opened his printing business. On November 24, 2006, Pocan and his long-term partner, Philip Frank, were legally married in Toronto, Ontario.Pocan reports that he was followed by two men after he left a gay bar, and was beaten with a baseball bat while they called him "faggot" and other slurs. This gaybashing incident spurred him to become active in the Madison LGBT community. Additionally, these activists are primarily white and middle-class, which contributes to the erasure of racial minority transgenders.