I’ve been living in Donald Trump’s America for 17 days now and still haven’t lost any of my rights as an LGBT minority.
Being a homosexual, half-black Trump supporter can be exhausting. Both the LGBT and black communities accuse me of self loathing. I am regularly told it’s impossible to support LGBT rights and racial equality while simultaneously being a republican voter. Random strangers on social media consistently interrogate me for supporting the alleged “homophobic,” “racist” Trump administration. Even a convenient store clerk saw me wearing a Trump hat and had the audacity to ask, “isn’t your skin a little too dark to be wearing that?”
Cue the long sigh.
To all of this, I simply say stop. It has long been proven that the Trump administration isn’t anti-LGBT or against minorities — in any way, shape, or form. Before you argue that vice president Pence favors gay conversion therapy and has a history of passing anti-LGBT legislation, I can safely say his stance has officially changed. (And his stance wasn’t much more extreme than that of Hillary Clinton or president Barack Obama before they started supporting gay rights only years ago.) The White House released a statement in support of LGBT rights and vice president Pence himself recently confirmed that, “discrimination would have no place in our administration.” President Trump doesn’t have a political history of opposing LGBT rights. He was also very vocal about supporting the gay community during his campaign.
The exact same thing can be said about president Trump’s regard for the African American community. During the presidential election, Trump made multiple attempts to connect with black constituents. As POTUS, he continues to and recently met with various leaders of the African American community to kick off Black History Month. He is even rumored to be working with his appointed director of communications for the Office of Public Liason, Omarosa Manigault, on an executive order targeted to provide assistance to struggling colleges and universities that are historically black. This is an issue that was previously ignored by the Obama administration.
I didn’t vote for Donald Trump because I hate myself, my sexuality or my skin color. I voted for him because I’m ready for leadership predominately committed to the interests of the American people over the global elite. During the election, Trump promised LGBT voters that he would protect them from harmful extremist ideologies. He asked the African American community what it had to lose by putting its trust in him. So far, he has shown consideration for both communities and we’re not even a full three weeks into his presidency.
While some Americans disagree with Trump’s stance on immigration and national security (which I don’t), it is a lie to say the Trump administration is “anti-gay” and “anti-black” when it clearly isn’t and never was. It’s also ignorant to assume LGBT and minority Americans are inherently flawed for simply supporting our current president. Some of us are capable of critical thinking outside of our emotions. Some of us know better than to take all of the biased news we see at face value. Gay, minority Trump supporters are not unicorns. We are Americans who put our faith in what we felt was the best option for the country and it’s time for supposed racial equality and LGBT rights activists to recognize that. If you believe the Trump administration is going to bring back slavery and force gays to undergo conversion therapy, you might want to check reality instead of the alarmist leftist media outlets you’re allowing to warp your world view.
Memes are not real life.