Yep, I’m finally going to talk about the election. I was really hoping that Mrs. Clinton would win. I could get along with most of her policies and the ones I didn’t like were, for the most part, not that important. Mostly, I wanted her to win so that I wouldn’t have to fear that my rights and, possibly, my life would be taken away in the next four years. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I’m a pansexual trans woman, the only way the Republicans would hate me more is if I were also a Latina.
Before I get into why I’m so worried, let’s take a quick look at the man who was elected and his second in command. Mr. Trump is a, mostly, failed business man with no tact and sense of decency. he has mocked people who are disabled, women, immigrants, people who like like immigrants, and Muslims. And that is not a complete list. He has no experience in government, so he has no idea how things work. To top it all off, he is a deadbeat. Now, Mr. Pence seems to have some idea how the game is played. That said, he wants return us to an era where LGBTQ people hide in terror and hope they aren’t discovered, an era where non-whites are neither seen nor heard, an era where women don’t have rights. This is the team that we elected.
Why do LGBTQ people have to worried with these two people in the White House? Well, there is also a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate and Mr. Trump will be appointing several justices to the Supreme Court. The Republicans have long fought against LGBTQ rights and now they all they need to repeal and overturn every piece of legislation and executive order and judgement that supports us. And they can go even further by requiring us to undergo reparative therapy. Don’t think this is likely? Have you not been paying attention to what they’ve been doing at the local and state levels?
To those saying, “give him a chance”, I say NO! I’m not going to wait for him to take away my rights before doing something about it. I’m not going to wait till they start down that road. That is too late, much too late. I’m going to start now by connecting with others in similar positions. If we work together, we can make it not happen. However, if we wait and do it group by group, it will happen and them become worse than any could imagine. We know what Mr. Trump has said, we know what Mr. Pence has said, and we know what the Republican platform is. To think that they will somehow all become nice towards us and not do what they said they will do is magical thinking of the worst kind.
We need to work together and start now. We need to prevent them from making our lives a living hell or taking our lives.