If there has been one emotion which has been the most consistent throughout my reactions to Trump winning (that phrase alone is painful type, by the way), it has been anger. Not shock. I wish I could live in a bubble of privilege where this outcome surprises me. Trump is the human form of America’s racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia. He has given those people empowerment and a voice. And that both terrifies me and angers me.
I am a Queer Female Witch.
I have so much to fear. I’ll explain for those who, from their place of privilege, don’t understand why I’m so scared.
- I am not straight.
I am pansexual and identify as Queer. Despite Trump’s new claims that he’ll fight for LGBT individuals, I do not believe him. I do not believe him because, while he might not have any experience in politics, the Republicans he’s surrounded himself with have plenty of experience in hurting the LGBT community.
Mike Pence not only signed a religious freedom bill in 2015 which would allow businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation, but he also backs conversion therapy. For those who don’t know, conversion therapy is the psychological treatment in an attempt to change one’s sexual orientation. This comes from the belief that sexual orientation is a choice when that is not the case.
- I am a Woman
Trump and his supporters will do everything in their power to set Women’s Health resources back fifty years. We need better sex education in this country. It has been shown that access to inexpensive or free birth control LOWERS unwanted pregnancies. Fewer unwanted pregnancies = fewer abortions. And don’t Republications want fewer abortions?
Any chance of equal pay is out the window. Women deserve the same pay as men for the same work and the same skill set. It’s that simple.
- I’m a Witch
So many Republicans claim that this is a Christian nation. It is not. This country was founded on FREEDOM OF RELIGION. And that doesn’t just apply to Christians. I am Wiccan and a practicing witch. I should be free to practice my religion openly without prosecution. Yet, non-Christians are often attacked purely for not believing in the same God. I have been told how I am nothing but a devil worshiper and that I need holy water thrown on me. I’ve also been told that I’m wrong when I tell them my pentagram necklace doesn’t represent Satan and that I shouldn’t wear it if I don’t know what it means. And all of that was BEFORE the election. It terrifies me to think of how I’ll be treated now that those who hate me for just being me feel empowered and justified in their hateful beliefs.
I am a Queer Female Witch who is dating an Autistic Jewish Man; both of us have chronic and mental illnesses. Trump’s America will not be kind to us.
Don’t take any of this to mean I don’t have a game plan; I do. I have added a Poli Sci major in addition to my Women’s Studies major. I’m planning on pursuing political science as far as I’m able. Government office, everything. I will use my white privilege to fight every single day for my rights and the rights of minorities. In addition having this plan, I’m also allowed to feel every emotion I’ve felt because of this result. I’m allowed to be angry. I’m allowed to be terrified. I’m allowed to cry. I’m allowed to cut people out of my life for supporting a man who doesn’t respect my rights.
I’m not trying to tell anyone else how to move forward. This is just how I’m choosing to. Be angry. Be loud. Be heard.