Being from Washington DC, I have never experienced a time without politics being shoved down my throat from everyone and everywhere. That being said, I never actively took a part in anything remotely political on my own free will and rather would let things go on around me, despite having more own views and options on them. This all changed a few weeks ago, January 20, when Donald Trump took office as president of the United States.
In just a few short weeks, the amount of divisiveness in American society has exponentially increased, to a point in which no matter where an individual turns, he, she, or they will find it. This is shown exceptionally well in two different articles, one entitled “I’m A Refugee from a Banned Country— This Is My American Story,” by Ari Honarvar, a writer for The Establishment, and the other entitled “Trump Says He Won’t Overturn LGBT Protections, But His Administration Will Still Discriminate Against Us” written by Yvonne, a writer for Autostraddle.
In Ari Honarvar’s article, she tells of her story, from moving to America twenty full years ago, escaping from Iran during a time in which almost any form of divergent actions and thinking. Simple things such as playing cards to simply thinking about the other sex in any fashion were against the law. People younger than myself were being arrested on the norm. When she finally was able to move to America, she felt calm, an ease went over her, but a part of her, and understandably so, still belonged to where she came from.
In her article, a memoir more of the sorts, she writes a powerful line “I had all but forgotten what freedom was like even though deep in my belly I knew this wasn’t right.” This simple statement a scary fact that may be frequently said in the not so distant future, if people continue to be attacked due to the way they think, look, act and feel.
The other article, by Yvonne tells of how though Donald Trump has come out and said that he will not directly overturn any form of legislation that President Obama created regarding the protections barring the discrimination based on the sexual orientation or gender of any given individual. However, this does not mean that they will not use religious exemptions in order to still discriminate, something that Mike Pence and other GOP members have been very vocal about. If anything, as the article brings up, and I strongly agree with, this is not the step in the right direction but simply a way to calm the dissenters from attacking Trump and his policies any more so than we already do. Other orders have even designated what it means to be a man or be a woman, which indirectly attacks non straight CIS individuals.
As the article ends, a striking comment is made, though Trump may not actively be trying to attack members of the LGBTQ community, he has openly not been an ally towards them. By doing so, I firmly believe that by not being apart of the solution, he is being apart of the problem. And with him having so much power now, he is adding more fuel to the fire than anyone could have ever expected.