There is so much negativity in this world. People are at each other's throats. People are pushing and pulling and polarizing and separating each other from others. There is so much dark cloud aspects...and how do we expect to break this? Is it possible to break and move closer together or are we beyond this.
I am going to be honest. I don't hide the fact that I disagree with the route America went when they cast their votes last November. And I understand everyone's need for change...to go against the status quo. And I can get into all of the issues of voting with your ears and eyes closed...voting when there were blatant, obvious examples of ridiculous vile vulgarity. And YET, we voted the way we did when the issues were obvious and focused against my community. We who have FOUGHT for our place at the table have felt the sting of this vote. Women and LGBTQ folks alike. And so many around me voted under the guise that we need someone different, even though he showed blatant leanings towards surrounding himself hypocritically with GOD and the far right and conservative thought process, knowing that the possibility was HUGE that everything would be reversed.
And yet, I am the first to admit that both sides were not the greatest in regards to the 2016 choices. And yet I cast my vote.
I cast my vote to make sure that the advances the LGBTQ community had been granted in previous years were protected.
I cast my vote for advancing forward.
And now we flash forward and now we see that 45's main function is to reverse EVERYTHING Obama brought to the table and opened up for humanity. And many can think and say, "Oh it won't happen. He won't do that. Oh he will be smarter than that."
And now we see his truth.
He has blown up his Twitter account with blatant hatred and head-shaking ridiculousness.
He has publicly promoted hate groups by saying nothing but placing blame on "both sides" never once condemning what was said in the first place. Folks could say that he didn't do this...yet by not FULLY addressing this and by using the "both sides are at fault" he has given these hate groups a platform and a "justification" to be at the table.
He has spoken at religious groups conventions who pass pamphlets basically call my community and lets just say it, ME an abomination. Me...an abomination and something that needs to be fixed. He has JOKINGLY said that his Vice President would want to see folks like ME hung. Lynched from the highest tree...
He has surrounded himself with people who are "Christ-like" and yet turning his back on so many struggling Americans, treating many disrespectfully, and in the face of current natural disasters, has proven absolutely heartless in how he, being a representative of our country, has interacted and responded. Heartless. Disgusting. Throwing paper towels at it.
And inch by inch...tearing the mode of decency down and down until we will have nothing to stand on.
For when he is allowed to act this way...others are too.
And people are watching.
People are listening.
Children are watching.
Children are listening.
I am horrifed by this.
By the spin.
By allowing the lies. Blatant or not.
By the soap opera he has created in the house that once held dignity and was highly respected.
The position that held decorum and pride now is tainted and continues to crumble.
And when the proverbial crap hits the fan...or too much crap is being forced down America's throats...all of a sudden we have pictures and stories of this all-amazing leader surrounded by pastors, members of the cloth, saying he is a Godly man...I will have none of it.
Sheer blindness and stupidity.
We have been had.
And we have been had stupendously.
When considering the world of "Handmaid's Tale" and the horror of that representation of a country under "Christ-like" restructuring, how are members of my community supposed to feel protected and safe? When our President jokes of hanging and lynching and deprives transgender military service people their right to serve...are you serious?
When many look to Canada and all they have been able to achieve and say, hmmm, shall we move? That is sad. We are the land of the free and the brave...when most do not feel free whatsoever...or come here to be free and pursue their golden dream and are placed in shackles by a racist travel ban or building a wall to keep others out...
How Christ-like indeed
And yet we are supposed to support CHANGE.
We are supposed to embrace CHANGE.
We are supposed to be the CHANGE makers.
How does one get motivated to be able to do that in the face of the circus of hate and ridiculousness that we have placed before us and is being shoved down our throats.
Years ago I was in an amazing musical entitled Ragtime. This powerful musical is all about the misunderstood, the down-trodden, the folks who are fighting for a place at the table. This song plays on repeat track in my mind...one of the most powerful moments EVER in my stage career...to have Kevyn sing this in my face with glorious baritone and passion...
America was built on PATRIOTISM.
But PATRIOTISM comes in many forms.
The very fabric of our American history is built on patriotism and fighting for what is right and good and true and not being afraid to speak up.
To those who complain about the NFL bending a knee during the National Anthem, I say, "Push back is JUST as American as the complacent. Patriotism is wanting a better tomorrow and fighting for it. Patriotism is NOT denying folks a proper place at the table meant for EVERYONE by our forefathers."
With this in mind...
I CAN and WILL fight for change.
I will donate to causes that are set up to FIGHT the ridiculousness we are now experiencing.
I will MARCH.
I will FIGHT.
For my community AND for those who are being forced to be complacent or not allowed to SPEAK.
I will SPEAK.