Tuesday, June 13, 2017

With Pride and Anger Marches Across the United States

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(6-13-2017) For the LGBT community around the nation, it is an emotional time, as last Monday is the anniversary of the Pulse Massacre (1), the shooting that killed 49 people - mostly Latinos and wounded 53 survivors. On Monday, the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump acknowledged the massacre and people aren't buying his intentions of sympathy.

More than a humble gesture of acknowledgment towards the oppression in which he and his administration are focused on the LGBT community and the LGBT youth, is difficult to see that he was being sincere rather than just to follow a protocol and trying to gain some sympathy to his own benefit.

As of yesterday, the Equality March in Washington, was endorsed by all major advocacy group working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans; leaders of that coalition and several organizations have been embittered by several actions of the 45th President administration such as rolling back of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their own identity.

Other complains goes that as Trump campaigned as a potential ally of gays and lesbians, has stocked his administration with many potential individuals that can hold the LGTB rights, which include Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

The different marches across the country show that the community is present and still fighting towards the ideal of equity, and that the newer generations are getting involved to continue with the ideals that started with the Matachin Society, the Daughters of Bilitis and exploded with the Stonewall Inn revolt in 1969 which opened the doors to the contemporary movement that we see today.

We as activists and allies, we need to understand that the movement has evolved towards the use of technology beyond printing and television, there is an easy access to spread a message but also is a channel that the opposition can use to spread hate.

Is with Pride and Anger that this year is a turning point towards equity and equality, to keep fighting for dignity and a juste life; not only for the elders but for the younger generations also, for anyone whose rights are being violated.

Trump’s Tweet (3) is the big reason individuals who are part of the community and allies feel a hypocrisy coming from the 45th President, because is not a sincere form of expression; is just a mere publicity stunt in which there is no honesty or sincere reaction, especially after  placing in charges well know people who are xenophobes, homophobe’s and transphobic individuals, is difficult to see that he is honest and that his views are going to change.

Is with Pride and Anger that this year we as a community we can't give up because it is us who can really create a difference not only on a economical level but also to continue the change towards social attitudes.

Reference:

  1. Pulse Massacre
  2. The News Tribune, Monday, June 12 of 2017
  3. The Washington Post - Mettler, Katie; A Year Ago 49 People Died at Pulse - June 12 of 2017
  4. Web retrieved: Queer Voices- Trump Tweet
  5. Web retrieved: Wikipedia, Pulse Nightclub

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