DNA Magazine - - CONTENT - In­ter­views com­piled by Mun­yarukum­buzi Em­manuel.

Gay Amer­i­cans ex­press their feel­ings about the Trump pres­i­dency. By Mun­yarukum­buzi Em­manuel.

IN THE 24-HOURS fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Donald Trump as Pres­i­dent, po­lice across the US re­sponded to a “wave of hate crimes,” re­ported the UK’s In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per. Mus­lims, His­pan­ics, other eth­nic mi­nori­ties and the LGBTI com­mu­nity were all ef­fected.

BE­TWEEN TRUMP’S ELEC­TION on Novem­ber 8 and Novem­ber 17, 437 hate in­ci­dences were re­ported to the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter. When in­ter­viewed by 60 Min­utes, Trump said he was “sad­dened” by the at­tacks that were car­ried out in his name. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cam­eras: ‘Stop it.’”

SINCE THAT HON­EY­MOON PE­RIOD the at­tacks have con­tin­ued. In Key West, a gay cou­ple were at­tacked by a man shout­ing, “I bet you faggots voted for that bitch Hil­lary. Well, you live in a Trump coun­try now.”

IN BROOK­LYN, two men leav­ing a gay club were stabbed by a man shout­ing, “All these faggots… I’m gonna shoot up this place.” IN TULSA, 13 shots were fired into the front of the Ok­la­homa LGBTI Equal­ity Cen­tre.

IN DEN­VER, a trans woman’s car was spray painted with swastikas and the words “Die He She” and “Go Trump”.

THE NA­TIONAL Coali­tion Of Anti-Vi­o­lence Pro­grams (NCAVP) re­ports that be­ing gay in the USA is not safe and is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly un­safe. LGBTI homi­cides have been steadily ris­ing since 2010. Twen­ty­five per­cent of LGBTI peo­ple will ex­pe­ri­ence a hate crime in their life­time ac­cord­ing to NCAVP data. LGBTI peo­ple of colour and trans peo­ple are at even greater risk than those per­ceived to be white.

IT’S DIF­FI­CULT to gauge Pres­i­dent Trump’s true opin­ion, but his in­ner-sanc­tum is ex­tremely hos­tile to the LGBTI com­mu­nity. Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence has ad­vo­cated redi­rect­ing funds from HIV treat­ment into “gay con­ver­sion ther­a­pies”. Ed­u­ca­tion Secretary, Betsy DeVos’ fam­ily has do­nated hun­dreds-of-thou­sands of dol­lars to “gay con­ver­sion” busi­nesses. Ad­vi­sor Steve Ban­non, for­mer pub­lisher of web­site Bre­it­bart News, has run head­lines like, “Gay Rights Has Made Us Dum­ber,” “How The LGBT Agenda Is Hi­jack­ing Amer­ica’s Youth” and “Isis Is A Gay Death Cult”. Trump’s At­tor­ney Gen­eral, Jeff Ses­sions voted against gay mar­riage, against gays serv­ing openly in the mil­i­tary, and to not in­clude crimes against gay peo­ple as part of Hate Crimes pro­tec­tions.

DNA asked a cross-sec­tion of gay male Amer­i­cans how they feel about liv­ing in Trump’s USA. We present their opin­ions in this ar­ti­cle. Some an­swers are longer than oth­ers; this re­flects the re­sponse of those in­ter­vie­wees and does not in­di­cate any ed­i­to­rial bias. We have been ex­tremely care­ful in the edit­ing of this fea­ture to en­sure the in­tegrity of the re­sponses.

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