If The President Was Gay

If The President Was Gay

What would change? Hint: Nothing.
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"Faggot". "Dyke". "Fairy". "Homo". "Queer". "Sodomite".

It is 2016 and derogatory words for members of the LGBTQ community have not decreased, but spread like wildfire, turning classic slurs into slanderous slang thrown around at parties. As an openly gay woman, I have been branded by these words and the affect they've left on myself and the people around me.

In a historic ruling in June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that marriage is a fundamental right for all, and that any bans on marriage equality would be deemed unconstitutional.

Despite this progress, I often question if we as a nation would be ready for the first openly gay President of the United States. While it is clear that tolerance towards sexual orientation has become more routine, we are far from widespread acceptance of LGBTQ individuals.

While the United States has never had an openly gay President, it is believed that James Buchanan, America's fifteenth President, was gay. Buchanan was a lifelong bachelor, which was unheard of at the time of his term. It is believed that Buchanan had a relationship with 13th Vice President and diplomat William Rufus King.

While Buchanan's sexuality was never formally established, it is clear that since his term in 1857, the US has never had an open member of the LGBTQ community serve as President.

Based on the offensive language and searing stereotypes sitting on the tongues of Americans, I have formulated a list of *potential* occurrences if the first openly gay man or woman was elected into office.

If the President was Gay...

1. He/She Would Look Like This:

girl PLEASE

2. It would negatively influence children

I would hate for children to spread this message

3. It would ruin the "American Family"

You're right. This doesn't look like love to me.


4. It would change people's sexuality

Cause that's how it works...


5. They would ban religion

Because there are absolutely no LGBTQ tolerant/inclusive religions OR separation of church and state??????????

6. There Would Be More Laws to "Promote Equality"

*Cringes* That would be TERRIBLE

7. The LGBTQ Pride Flag would take the place of the American Flag

You right lets' just call up betsy ross and call the whole stars and stripes thing off

8. All the news would be GAY


OK. Freedom of Press is just out the window

9. Everyone would be forced to watch "Orange Is The New Black"

Where is the problem?

10. All the Supreme Court judges would be gay, too


It just doesn't work like that

11. Straight people would be repressed?

I'll just leave this here

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The TRUTH?

Absolutely nothing would change. Because relationships

(heterosexual or homosexual)

do not belong in politics.

(Remember Monica Lewinsky?- Awkward)

The job of President of the United States is exactly what it sounds like- a job. Despite it's valor, it is just as much a job as an occupation held by a working class American. If you are hired based on the gender, sexuality, appearance or orientation of your partner, would that be just?

Fearing an openly gay President due to unfair and untrue stereotypes and discredited discrimination is no grounds on which to declare that America should and will never have one.

What WILL happen?

Perhaps a child who was afraid of coming out and felt underrepresented would gain a little more courage knowing that there was someone out there like them who had a position of respect and influence.

It took 219 years since the election of George Washington for a non-white President to hold office. As I write this, in 2016, a woman has still not had her turn in the Oval Office. In many states and individual frames of mind, minorities are still treated as lesser. It's time for politics to have as much accurate representation of LGBTQ individuals as Netflix does.

Times ARE changing. More and more, LGBTQ individuals are finding the courage to come out and acknowledge their sexuality openly. I predict that in the coming years, an openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender man or woman WILL run for the coveted spot in the Oval Office. Will the nation be ready?

I hope so.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.

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I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.

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