This was a post that I was not expecting to have to write. This was a post that I was planning to write after the election with the headline "what a woman in the White House means for queers everywhere". But, obviously, that didn't happen, and now we have to face the ugly, awful reality. We have to ask ourselves: what does a Trump presidency mean for LGBT+ people?
Policy wise, unfortunately, we just don't know yet. Speculations are flying about what Trump and his extremely homophobic VP elect Mike Pence mean for us. Pence supports the practice of conversion therapy, a practice that has been proven again and again to be abusive. Pence has led opposition to any and all rights for LGBT people. Concerned citizens think that Trump might overturn marriage equality, or nationalize harmful trans bathroom policies. As of now, we don't quite know what the actual policies facing LGBT+ people are.
What we are seeing right now is immediate and concerning backlash by the American public against LGBT people and spaces. There have been examples all over the nation of hateful graffiti, the burning of rainbow flags, and rampant homophobia. Even here in the town I live in, which is a pretty liberal town in a pretty liberal state, there have been actions that make me fear for my safety and the safety of my friends and family.
So, what now? What do we do? I think right now we look out for each other. We keep loving and keep fighting and keep being loud and proud. But if you don't feel safe doing that, I understand and so does everyone else in this community. If you feel like you have to hide yourself, I am so, so sorry, but I get it. Reach out for help if you need it. Lean on people if you need to. Talk to someone if you don't feel safe. Please, stay safe. We are a community that has faced oppression for years, and we will get through this.