I’m firmly on RainbowGirl2016’s (Holly) side.
When you live in an apartment complex, there are certain rules that everyone has to follow when it comes to the external presentation of the apartments. While some say it’s arranged that way to quell individuality, the reality is that it keeps uniformity among the units.
The rules are pretty lax, with people regularly putting up various decorations even outside of major holidays, but when the elections ended and an Imgurian that goes by the username RainbowGirl2016 hung a rainbow flag off of her porch in solidarity with the LGBTQ community that was undoubtedly going to face challenges ahead based on the now President-elect’s campaign promises.
It’s been a rollercoaster week for me and I’m sure you feel the same. I’ve alternated between being scared for my own personal future as a Lesbian and as a woman, but also for this country. And wanting to do the right thing of trying to understand the other side. I hate living in a country so divided like this. Especially when I have friends who are on the opposite side of the chasm.
I am terrified that this will become a country like North Korea, cut off from the world and run by extreme Christians whose leader has probably never set foot in a church. A country so full of hate that LGBT are shot on site. A country so full of hate that women become the chattel we once were so long ago. I have friends in other countries that I would like to continue to communicate with and I fear that might come to an end. I am afraid that any country that pisses this president elect off in the slightest way, he’ll bomb into non-existence. That’s no way to handle things.
Yet I hear all of those who say that the reason we are in the situation we’ve found ourselves in is because we don’t talk to one another. So I sit in contemplative silence trying to find the means to start bridging the gap. I cannot begin to figure out how to unravel the hate. Christian Conservatives claim to follow the bible and while I haven’t opened one in a while, I’m pretty sure that there are plenty of verses in there about helping others. On a whim I have searched for a few…
- Matthew 5:42
- John 15:12
- Matthew 25:35-40
- James 2:14-17
- 1 John 3:17
- 1 John 4:19-20
- Philippians 2:4
And in each of these instances, there is no foot note or asterisk leading you to a note at the bottom of the page in tiny print that reads, “If you disagree with this, it’s okay, you’re still a part of the team.”
How does love conquer hate? How do I find hope again? I wish I had answers.
These may be rumors right now, but I would not be surprised in the least if they were to turn out to be true. Transgender parenting groups report that there have been teen suicides in the wake of the election. Heartbreaking. Gut wrenching. But this is what America wants.
Social media reactions to the outcome of the 8 November 2016 election of Donald Trump as President of the United States included a viral rumor holding that Facebook transgender parenting groups had witnessed anywhere between one and nine suicide attempts among the children of the groups’ members.
I’ll be honest. I feel like I don’t have a place in this country anymore.