"Ignorance can be wildly dangerous—and in this case, silence is violence."

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6.9.2017

Some Nerve: Trump Ignoring Gay Pride

Nearly two weeks into June, Trump has yet to acknowledge LGBT Pride Month. On the last day of May, he did however call out June for honoring Caribbean-American heritage, African-American music, homeownership, the outdoors, and the ocean. My nerves, as always, are triggered AF.

Funny that he mentions homeownership and the outdoors since 40 percent of homeless youth in the US are LGBTQ. His “honoring the ocean” by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement is ripe for a good roasting—even North Korea is giving him a “bitch please” eye roll—but one deeply troubling issue at a time, here.

I subscribe to the whole bury your head in the sand, ignorance is bliss type lifestyle when people talk about calories or how many drinks a week make you a (functioning) alcoholic. More often than not, I’d really rather not know that shit. But ignorance can also be wildly dangerous—in this case, silence is violence.

By refusing to acknowledge Pride, Trump is continuing his seemingly subtle but deadly attack on our community, something he officially kicked off during his first day of presidency when he removed all mention of LGBTQ people from whitehouse.gov. To delete history is to rewrite it falsely; to refuse acknowledgment of a marginalized group is to belittle their oppression, as well as the importance of their plight.

The question of why Trump has refused to acknowledge Pride has nothing to do with his personal beliefs, since the man is essentially the result of an echo chamber filled with conservative consent. Apparently, no Republican president has ever acknowledged the month while in office, and while Trump remains totally unpredictable, his sashaying away from the subject is rather fitting. In fact, his opinions on gays have really flip-flopped over the years, which btw is pretty gay in itself.

In 2005, Trump wrote on the Trump University Blog (lol): “There’s a lot to celebrate today. Elton John married his long-time partner David Furnish…it’s a marriage that’s going to work…if two people dig each other, they dig each other.”

Then in 2010, Trump was quoted in The Advocate saying, “I think the institution of marriage should be between a man and a woman,” continuing to chance that he does believe in domestic-partnerships in which gays would get the “same legal protection and rights as married people.” Because separate but equal has always worked out historically, right?

In 2011, Trump started more directly speaking out in opposition to marriage equality, comparing it to “these really long putters” that people were beginning to use in golf, stating: “I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.” Fuck you and your frivolous use of fabulous, Mr. Trump!

Later the same year, in two separate interviews, Trump went on record saying, “New York is a place with lots of gays and I think it’s great, but I’m not in favor of gay marriage,” as well as “I’m against it…I just don’t feel good about it…I’m opposed to gay marriage.”

Trump’s short putter has always pointed more heavily to inequality rather than equality, but he has altered the way he talks about it to the public more frequently than outfit changes at a Lady Gaga concert circa 2010. But refusing to talk to the public about it, or even acknowledge a month that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama worked to put on the White House’s books during their times in office, is surely the most devastating blow to the community yet—and this is someone who embraced North Carolina’s anti-trans HB2 law.

Alas, what can we do? Firstly, and maybe I’m projecting, but let’s stop entertaining conversations with Trumpers who claim that he won’t harm LGBTQ people. Deadass, he is an enemy to our community; his laissez-faire, sometimes neutral stance makes him an enormous threat. His hiring openly anti-gay staff to his cabinet is, effectively, a way of staunchly opposing our human rights. He is not in a gray zone.

Secondly, we need to apply Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attitude towards Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement to those around gay rights:

“The actions of President Trump have undermined what we’re doing and what cities and states all over the country are doing, and that means we have to go farther…we have to take matters into our own hands.”

While we still need to work on changing Washington, we can more immediately focus on continuing to foster acceptance and normalcy both in and outside of the LGBTQ community at home. We should see Trump’s silence as an opportunity to make our voices louder than ever. I sound a little overly-righteous here, I know, but we really need to be firm in order to fight this BS. It’s 2017: RuPaul’s Drag Racewon an Emmy, Cher’s life is getting the Broadway treatment, and despite the haters, the LGBTQ community is more visible than ever. Have faith, use your voice, and be proud of who you are and where we’re heading.

Featured image via The Fader

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