By C.J. Asher
Like many of of our readers, I was horrified by the election of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of The United States of America last Tuesday. The issues many of us have had with candidate – now President-elect – Trump aren’t equated with politics, partisan or even our economy; they are rooted in his hate-filled and antagonistic comments towards women, the disabled and many others. While we will be debating for years the reasons why Trump was victorious – the “fear” vote, Democratic backlash against Hillary Clinton, a desire for a shake-up in the political establishment, a deep-seated, secret racism in this country or a combination of those reasons – a wave of fear is paralyzing many in this country, especially women, the LGBTQ community and others whose sexuality and lifestyle choices may be severely compromised under President Trump’s administration.
Over the past week, numerous sex-positive groups and organizations have put forth statements regarding their thoughts on Trump’s victory. Instead of solely vocalizing my views on the subject on this site, I’ve decided to post excerpts from their statements below. If we’re to hold on to our values and beliefs in this “new world order” of a Trump administration, we must work together and continue to fight for our sexuality and lifestyle choices, regardless of what one man – or that section of our society which condones hate and discrimination – does to stop us.
(Please click on the supplied links to read full statements)
“For many of us, the results of yesterday’s election appear to endorse, reward, or at the very least forgive expressions of racism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, xenophobia, bullying, inciting violence and more. So now, more than ever, we have to stand up for each other. We have to be there for each other as colleagues and friends, as individuals and as communities. We have to continue and deepen the work of healing individuals, healing communities, trying with all our hearts to heal some of these divides.”
– The Mazzoni Center
“We know that our racial justice warriors and our reproductive justice warriors, our defenders of immigrants and the environment, our LGBT liberation activists and our defenders of sexual freedom will be on the front lines of the attacks to come…. We also know that many of us have fought back the dogs of racism and the haters of women. We know that many have and will continue to fight for clean air and water. We know that many of us have stared the haters down and won victories we must now furiously defend.”
– Carmen Vázquez, Board Co-Chair, Woodhull Freedom Foundation
“We vow to stand with our fellow LGBT friends. We will stand with our fellow people of color. We will stand with our fellow women. We will stand with all of our fellow humans who feel scared, terrified to go through today, knowing we live in a world actively against us and our well-being.”
– Lorrae & the SGP (Slutty Girl Problems) Team
“This will be a tough, protracted battle. But Lambda Legal has fought against hard odds before … and won decisive victories. In the ’80s, when AIDS was decimating our community and the federal government didn’t care, we fought fear and discrimination in court and we won. In 2003, when the White House and Congress were controlled by anti-LGBT forces, we won Lawrence v. Texas – the case that decriminalized our lives and paved the way for everything that followed. We will continue to defend LGBT people. We’re not going back. You got us this far, and your support is what will keep us fighting.”
– Rachel, Lambda Legal (Website Only)