Now more than ever in the United States, members of the LGBTQ community have reasons to fear and be concerned about their present situations and their future. The right to affordable, accessible healthcare is threatened. The right to housing, equal access to education, employment, and public services is under threat under the new Trump administration and the Republican held Senate and House of Representatives. Major change can also be expected in the Supreme Court as well, undermining the civil rights of same-sex couples lawfully and legally married in this country under the more open and affirming and inclusive Obama administration.
We are seeing already a very radical and conservative shift towards bigotry, discrimination, and persecution of people based on gender identity and sexual orientation and gender expression.
As a community, we need to gather together and be a strong, unified front of solidarity! We need to gather our faith and courage and be a unified voice for social justice, inclusiveness, diversity, and equality. We cannot back down to the intimidation tactics of an unjust government of bullies, liars, and hate mongers. We need to remain visible, vocal, proactive, and above all, peaceful in protest. We must exercise restraint in our anger and rage in face of these injustices. We must channel our emotions rationally and effectively towards making positive political and judicial change rather than lash out for the sake of lashing out.
We must remain in communication with our local, state, and federal representatives in government. Talk to those who would listen and act! Speak with those willing to show empathy and support for social justice–regardless of party or affiliation.
The government should answer to us! We are the power behind any government. There are more of us than there are senators and representatives combined– remember that! Our protests should have a purpose behind them and above all be non-violent. Destroying property will solve nothing, but supporting those who would impeach Donald Trump and arming them with testimonies is far more productive!
And always keep in mind, the ultimate arbiter of justice and peace is the Lord our God. Mercy is His to give, judgment is final with God, and peace and prosperity for all His creation is assured in His time. We must trust in the Lord and trust in Jesus, who must always be our moral guide in all things.