by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Even though Ivanka Trump and hubbie Jared Kushner apparently convinced Daddy Dearest not to overturn the pro-LGBTQ executive order that was enacted by former president Barack Obama in 2014, I do not stand with Ivanka and Jared. I stand with them.
Even though in his statement, he, whom I call Not My President, said that he was “determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” I do not stand with him. I stand with them.
I stand with Mexicans. No wall.
I stand with immigrants. No travel ban.
I stand with Muslims. No registry.
I stand with refugees. Let them in.
I stand with the recipients of Obamacare, as imperfect as it is. Don’t cut them off. Give us national healthcare, not some form of sick Trumpcare.
I stand with Native Americans in opposing the pipeline. Don’t poison our water or land.
I stand with women around the world who look to International Planned Parenthood and other organizations for a safe abortion. Fund women’s reproductive healthcare.
LGBTQ people are Mexicans. We are immigrants. We are Muslims. We are refugees, not only from other lands, but in this country as well where we are often the targets of hate and murder.
LGBTQ people benefit from Obamacare. We are Native Americans. We are women. We are African Americans. We are everywhere.
I will not express any gratitude for the fact that Not My President has chosen, at this moment, not to come after the LGBTQ community by name. I will not accept the crumbs he has thrown my way.
I don’t want a seat at his table, a table occupied by racists, sexists, classists, homophobes/transphobes, white nationalists, and others who want to dismantle the progress this country has made in the past 50 years. He has already come after my brothers and sisters who are immigrant, Muslim, refugee, Native American and Mexican.
I have no doubt that, at some point, he or his scary right-wing vice president or any of his equally horrible appointees will come after the LGBTQ community by name.
I do not forget the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller.
I stand with them.