Pride trumps hate

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

“Dur­ing this year’s Pride cel­e­bra­tion, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity as free­dom fight­ers that we do not for­get about ev­ery­one else who is still fight­ing for their own. We have to stand be­hind all marginal­ized com­mu­ni­ties and ul­ti­mately pro­tect the rights we have just earned be­cause they can all be taken away with just one Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion.”

I have of­ten said that if the Repub­li­can Party would kick the rad­i­cal Chris­tian right to the curb and truly run on a plat­form keep­ing govern­ment out of peo­ple’s lives in­clud­ing out of our bed­rooms and churches, I could maybe see my­self vot­ing for one some­day. The thought of ex­er­cis­ing that right this year how­ever scares the shit out of me as his­tory has shown us that fear will do a lot of fucked up things to a lot of peo­ple.

Fear can in­cite vi­o­lence against the marginal­ized and mis­un­der­stood. It can crip­ple peo­ple into not liv­ing their lives to their fullest po­ten­tial. It can keep many LGBT peo­ple in the closet for years, and this elec­tion year it can also sur­pris­ingly make some LGBT peo­ple vote for the ul­ti­mate fear­mon­ger: Don­ald Trump.

The Log Cabin Repub­li­can is some­what of a gay anom­aly. Un­til the birth of so­cial me­dia, it was one of those things that was mostly kept in the closet and only heard about dur­ing ca­sual con­ver­sa­tions about one-night stands. Friends would re­hash hookups with con­ser­va­tives by say­ing things like,“He was to­tally cute, sex was just okay, I thought he may have some po­ten­tial, un­til I found out he’s a Repub­li­can.”

Hear­ing ru­mors of gay peo­ple ac­tu­ally vot­ing for Don­ald Trump is sort of like hear­ing the ul­ti­mate of all gay ur­ban le­gends re­gard­ing a cer­tain Hol­ly­wood star who loved ger­bils. Both sto­ries are ter­ri­bly hard to be­lieve, yet sadly fetishes with furry friends are way more funny and false than the truth­ful fact that some LGBT peo­ple will ac­tu­ally vote for Trump to be the leader of the free world.

If you are re­ally proud of your com­mu­nity and gen­uinely care about your own civil rights and the rights of all peo­ple, how could you in good con­science vote for a man who has pub­licly said he would ap­point judges that would over­turn SCOTUS’ same-sex mar­riage rul­ing? How can you get be­hind some­one who just five weeks af­ter the Pulse tragedy had a pri­vate meet­ing with over 400 of the most ho­mo­pho­bic, big­oted and pow­er­ful anti-LGBT lead­ers in the coun­try at the scene of the crime? This is a man that said Amer­ica was go­ing to hell be­cause the NFL de­fended openly gay player Michael Sam, yet where are peo­ple’s out­rage that Amer­ica may be go­ing to hell in a hand­bas­ket for pos­si­bly elect­ing a man who is a proven ly­ing dem­a­gogue?

Dur­ing this year’s Pride cel­e­bra­tion, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity as free­dom fight­ers that we do not for­get about ev­ery­one else who is still fight­ing for their own. We have to stand be­hind all marginal­ized com­mu­ni­ties and ul­ti­mately pro­tect the rights we have just earned be­cause they can all be taken away with just one Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion.

The def­i­ni­tion of Pride is hav­ing a dig­ni­fied sense of what is due to one­self, and to have self-respect and self-esteem. This elec­tion cy­cle, if you truly love your­self, please don’t vote for a party who gen­uinely hates you, be­cause at the end of the day only love can truly trump hate.

Bill Kaelin is the owner of Bill Kaelin Mar­ket­ing Events and Con­sult­ing Agency in At­lanta. www.Bil­lKaelin.com

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