January has been so emotionally exhausting. The world already felt like it was falling apart after November 8th, but January? It’s like Trump has drenched the world in gasoline and lit a match.
If you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “That’s not our problem” or “Well, there’s nothing we can do about it” or “Trump is great because he speaks his mind,” please give your head a shake. Then, give it another shake, and if your mind still isn’t seeing things clearly, well, maybe it’s time to do a bit more reading.
The chaos and evil brewing in the States? That exists here—hell, just take a look at Kellie Leitch’s approval of Trump’s ideologies. And let’s not pretend that what happens south of the border exerts no influence over Canada when our countries are literally attached at the hip. The bigotry that we’re laying witness to is present in Canada, even right here in North Bay.
Nothing we can do about it? Donate to Planned Parenthood. Offer shelter for the refugees that will no doubt be fleeing the country. READ. Seriously, just read. A lot and constantly, and practice your media literacy. Learn to see through the crap and along the way, you’ll hear about how you can support human rights in the States and here at home.
If you think Trump is great because he speaks his mind, then please consider what is valuable about what he has to say. Please also reach out to me so I can understand how you can both be interested in a blog about LGBTQ and the discriminatory hate that comes out of his mouth.
Do I sound harsh or angry? Probably, and I sort of hope so. Because if you don’t think what’s happening in the U.S. is life-or-death important, are not interested in finding ways to support everyone being affected, and celebrate or condone Trump’s actions and words, then you are part of a problem. You are part of a culture that says some folks in society are inherently better or more important than others and you enable it to exist, whether by your actions or your inaction.
I have people I considered friends that have vocalized their support for Trump. I do not consider these folks friends anymore. These folks are, through their support for him, telling me that my wellbeing and my worth is unimportant or negligible. His actions will have profound effects on the LGBTQ community (and obviously Mike Pence is a monster that terrifies us too), and we are living in fear now. It’s draining.
If you are here, I have to believe it’s because you want to be an ally to the LGBTQ community. Doing so means listening to what scares the hell out of us and listening to how we need support. It means not only supporting events for our community, but taking a stand for refugees and people of colour and women. You want to be an ally? Stand behind those who have been asked to sit their whole lives. We need it now more than ever. After all, if January has been this draining already, how can we make it through another four years?