It seems like every time a ‘conservative’ president in office, queerness is put in jeopardizing positions. We witness today a threatening environment to the gay community in the U.S.A. We cannot blame this completely on current president Donald Trump. He and his policies are a powerful source of the stress the gay community is going through, however. This does not only apply in the States, but also worldwide.
Power and influence can normalize hate
Hate breeds more hate and brings it from the shadows. The display of it at power’s highest peak is but a sounding alarm for more hateful voices to join in. Take for example the tsunami of sexual harassment scandals Trump’s administration helped bring to light. On one hand, the forces opposing his rise to power pushed victims to come forward. On the other, Trump’s troubling past with women excites a chain of copycats. If you’re a thief, you will steal in secrecy. When you meet other thieves, you will start to steal together. It’s the simple human search for comfort. A sin’s heft is easier to bear by two than it is by one.
Similarly, worldwide, Trump’s decisions are affecting LGBTQ communities. This may be more prevalent in third world countries. It is not, however, limited to those communities only. Bigotry exists everywhere. If the source calling for it can provide power to allow its growth, bigotry will respond.
Politics, religion and queerness
It is easier for religion and queerness to coexist than it is for politics and queerness to do so. While this might sound crazy, it might actually be true. With allegations of election rigging, does democracy truly exist? Aren’t systems that are run based on religion a form of dictatorship? Hasn’t power been associated with corruption throughout history? Most importantly, isn’t politics a game of harnessing power? Additionally, religion is for the most part a choice at some point. The existence of government is not. Religious leaders do not have the power politicians have. This obviously does not apply to religion-based governments.
For LGBTQ communities to become truly equal to the rest of society, democracy is a key must. It is simply but a form of tolerance of others’ lives. Democracy is accepting difference. It is recognizing diversity as a tool for progress. Without it, queerness cannot exist, at least not without fear.