What It's Like Being LGBT+ With Trump In Office

What It's Like Being LGBT+ With Trump In Office

Why it's hard to be a member of the LGBT+ community during Trump's Presidency
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I used to be very spoiled. Not from my parents or anything, but from MY President-Barack Obama. Obama was elected when I was 12 years old. This was right around when I could start understanding politics and the world I lived in. I had the pleasure of having Obama as MY President for 8 years after that. He was in office when I started high school, graduated, and when I entered college. He was also in office when I came out.

Yes, I had some internal struggles when I was coming to terms with my sexuality. But so far, I’ve been pretty lucky while being a part of the LGBT+ community. When I came out, I received a tremendous amount of love and acceptance from my close family and friends. I did not feel like an outcast in my community and I especially did not feel rejected by my government because of my sexuality.

About a year after I was out, Barack Hussein Obama called the Supreme Court ruling requiring states to recognize same-sex marriage. MY President did that for ME! I remember that day like it just happened. I felt so loved, accepted, and safe.

Fast forward a couple of years later to the 2016 election. My heart is heavy and my anxiety is racing. I was intensely Feeling the Bern, but unfortunately my man Bernie did not make the cut and I put all my hope into Hillary. Hate and lies spewed from Trump’s mouth every time he opened it and I’ll be honest, I really did not think that this country would elect a talking orange. But in the span of a couple months, I saw the place I call home turn into something unrecognizable.

I woke up on November 9th feeling colder than the day before. I was scared to go to school that day. I’ve always felt safe on my college campus but that day, I felt like the sun could fall out of the sky. I saw republicans, conservatives, and bigots on social media celebrating their victory. Celebrating hate. My heart hurt and in the span of 24 hours, I suddenly felt rejected by my government.

And now life is hard. I no longer feel protected by my government. My diversity is no longer celebrated or recognized by the government. I now take an extra second to think about if I should hold my girlfriend’s hand in public. Hate speech is now common. I now have to check and double check my surroundings to make sure I am safe.

Transgendered people are not allowed to fight for their country and they can’t even use the bathroom they wish to in certain places. I now have to play the “what are the odds..” game when making plans to go to Pride or any LGBT+ themed event or place. Hate crimes are happening more and more all over the country and 9 times out of 10, Trump is not strongly condoning the actions of his supporters.

The person in charge of this country seems to be in favor of hate. And now all of his followers see that there really isn’t any punishment for hate crimes. So I urge you to do what the government isn't-be an ally and stand up for the oppressed.

Protect your Black, Muslim, and Hispanic brothers and sisters, don’t let hateful comments slide under the rug, respect minorities and advocate for their human rights, CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH (cause’ Trump couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge that this past year), educate yourself, use your privilege-if you have any-for good and not evil, and don’t let your silence put you on the wrong side of history.

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I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists

I believe that I am a strong woman, but I also believe in a strong man.
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Beliefs are beliefs, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm all about girl power, but in today's world, it's getting shoved down our throats. Relax feminists, we're OK.

My inspiration actually came from a man (God forbid, a man has ideas these days). One afternoon my boyfriend was telling me about a discussion his class had regarding female sports and how TV stations air fewer female competitions than that of males. In a room where he and his other male classmate were completely outnumbered, he didn't have much say in the discussion.

Apparently, it was getting pretty heated in the room, and the women in the class were going on and on about how society is unfair to women in this aspect and that respect for the female population is shrinking relative to the male population.

If we're being frank here, it's a load of bull.

SEE ALSO: To The Women Who Hate Feminism

First of all, this is the 21st century. Women have never been more respected. Women have more rights in the United States than ever before. As far as sports go, TV stations are going to air the sports that get the most ratings. On a realistic level, how many women are turning on Sports Center in the middle of the day? Not enough for TV stations to make money. It's a business, not a boycott against female athletics.

Whatever happened to chivalry? Why is it so “old fashioned" to allow a man to do the dirty work or pay for meals? Feminists claim that this is a sign of disrespect, yet when a man offers to pick up the check or help fix a flat tire (aka being a gentleman), they become offended. It seems like a bit of a double standard to me. There is a distinct divide between both the mental and physical makeup of a male and female body. There is a reason for this. We are not equals. The male is made of more muscle mass, and the woman has a more efficient brain (I mean, I think that's pretty freaking awesome).

The male body is meant to endure more physical while the female is more delicate. So, quite frankly, at a certain point in life, there need to be restrictions on integrating the two. For example, during that same class discussion that I mentioned before, one of the young ladies in the room complained about how the NFL doesn't have female athletes. I mean, really? Can you imagine being tackled by a 220-pound linebacker? Of course not. Our bodies are different. It's not “inequality," it's just science.

And while I can understand the concern in regard to money and women making statistically less than men do, let's consider some historical facts. If we think about it, women branching out into the workforce is still relatively new in terms of history. Up until about the '80s or so, many women didn't work as much as they do now (no disrespect to the women that did work to provide for themselves and their families — you go ladies!). We are still climbing the charts in 2016.

Though there is still considered to be a glass ceiling for the working female, it's being shattered by the perseverance and strong mentality of women everywhere. So, let's stop blaming men and society for how we continue to “struggle" and praise the female gender for working hard to make a mark in today's workforce. We're doing a kick-ass job, let's stop the complaining.

I consider myself to be a very strong and independent female. But that doesn't mean that I feel the need to put down the opposite gender for every problem I endure. Not everything is a man's fault. Let's be realistic ladies, just as much as they are boneheads from time to time, we have the tendency to be a real pain in the tush.

It's a lot of give and take. We don't have to pretend we don't need our men every once in a while. It's OK to be vulnerable. Men and women are meant to complement one another — not to be equal or to over-power. The genders are meant to balance each other out. There's nothing wrong with it.

I am all for being a proud woman and having confidence in what I say and do. I believe in myself as a powerful female and human being. However, I don't believe that being a female entitles me to put down men and claim to be the “dominant" gender. There is no “dominant" gender. There's just men and women. Women and men. We coincide with each other, that's that.

Time to embrace it.

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It's 2019, And I Can Confirm One Size Does Not Fit All, At All

I'll take feeling good over meeting your standards. Thank you.

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We live in a society where being yourself and expressing who you truly are is something that is becoming more and more accepted and is actually trendy. Left and right, people are coming forward and declaring who they are and want to be in life and there is a crowd of people there to cheer them on.

There is also always that small percent sitting in the corner, ready to throw derogatory comments and taint the self-love, respect, and acceptance that's flowing.

Every single time this happens, the internet breaks and feuds form in the comment sections. How many times does this fight have to be had before people just mind their own business? How someone looks is frankly none of your concern. Whether you think the person is too fat, too skinny, too girly, too rough, too whatever, it's none of your business.

I'm a firm believer that one should focus on their own life instead of living to tear others down. You should be more concerned with feeling good in your own body than wasting your energy trying to make people ashamed of theirs. It's not your place to comment on someone's appearance.

We should work on building up confidence and feeling good in our skin. Exercising, working on your mental health, and surrounding yourself with good energy will improve your life exponentially. DO NOT do this to achieve an aesthetic or try to look like an Instagram model. Only do it to feel good about yourself internally. What you look like on the outside should only matter to you.

I would be lying if I said I didn't fall victim to countless beautiful women who post their swimsuit photos looking like they stepped out of Vogue magazine. I would be lying if I said I didn't struggle with my own body image and have to remind myself daily that it's okay to not fit their mold. I won't lie to you. We live in a world that feels the need to comment on every inch of our skin rather than focus on more important issues. Shut off the noise and ignore the words that are given in hate. You have better things to do than focus on their negativity.

Make your own mold.

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