Monday, 14 November 2016

Cautious optimism after Trump's promise to LGBT

After days of fear among minorities including the LGBT community following Donald Trump's election victory, fears were arguably relaxed for some last night when CBS '60 Minutes' aired their interview with President Elect Trump, his first since winning on Tuesday.

Trump was specifically asked about the same sex marriage which went to the Supreme Court last year, and ruled that same sex marriage was a right across the entire United States. The President Elect said he would not touch the law as it has already been decided, saying "it's law, these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They've been settled. And I'm fine with that".

I'm not majorly excited or relieved, but I would say I am in 'cautiously optimistic' mode, I think we need to really stop fearing the worst, if we believe the worst will happen we might as well just give up now, and what would be the point in that? We need to be on our guard and ready to defend our rights as and when (and if) they're threatened by a Trump administration, but we also need to be open to the possibility that maybe things won't be as bad as we first feared.

I have been fair to the President Elect in my postings since the interview aired, I am willing to give him a chance to prove that his Presidency will not be a disaster for LGBT people and the rest of America. I think I have probably  confused a lot of my very left wing liberal supporters on Twitter, but I am going to think and trust what I believe to be the right thing to do and progress forward. After all do we really want our worst fears to come true just to stick it to the Trump supporters? NO. I would rather LGBT and other citizens of America and the World are in a good place after 4 years of Donald Trump.

Returning to the 60 Minutes interview: Trump supporters have jumped on this, saying that he has always been pro-LGBT throughout his campaign, I must have received the following image about 15 times (literally) since the 60 minutes interview aired...

My response to this is that I don't really think Trump holding a rainbow flag UPSIDE DOWN, at one appearance in 18 months really says he's an avid supporter of LGBT rights. 

Essentially all this shows is him doing what it takes to get elected, and he's succeeded in that mission. 

So what did he actually say about LGBT during the campaign? He said he would protect LGBT against foreigners who believed homosexuality was a sin and against terrorist groups like ISIS, who have been killing gay people in the Middle East, as Trump supporters often run to tell me. I AM AWARE GUYS. But that's another issue, communication with Trump supporters ain't easy.

Back to the point - this is all Trump has said on LGBT issues, he's essentially used it to demonise Muslims, used it to incite yet more fear, I highly doubt his motive was to come across as caring about LGBT people. For example foreigners millions of miles away aren't really going to impact LGBT American's, Mr. Trump needs to worry about the homophobes who are actually in the US first, such as his VP Mike Pence who supports conversion therapy.

So this is why I am cautiously optimistic. Words, especially form Trump, are cheap, after a campaign of deception and lies. But there is hope. If he means what he says for a change this is very good news for LGBT. I'm not saying celebrate and be totally chilled about the Trump Administration, but I am saying lets be a bit more optimistic, we need it after the past 6 days!

The road ahead is long but it doesn't need to be the dark, apocalyptic mess that we feared it would be.

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