I want to open this post by first saying this: to all of you beautiful trans folks in our beloved queer communities, I love you, you are valid, you are perfect and you are wonderful. I want to know you, I see you. You are not a burden, you are not a distraction. The world is a shit show right now and I’m sorry that things are exploding in your faces right now.
That said, I’ve got another thing that I need to say as well, because I’ve heard it twice in my everyday life from ‘well-meaning’ white ladies. And that’s them saying that Donald Trump’s tweets are just a distraction from what’s going on around us.
And that is BULLSHIT. Yes, I’m sure our current president is trying to distract people from all the crap he’s pulling, but when he uses violence against queer folks, that’s not just a distraction. That is VIOLENCE. And don’t be mistaken or misled, the things he’s saying and doing are causing violence against some of the most marginalized folks in our communities. This is unacceptable and when you tell me that it’s not a big deal, it’s just a distraction, you’re telling me that my life, and the lives of queer people like me, is a distraction.
Also if you’re saying it’s a distraction you’re implying that queer people, because let’s face it, queers are some of the only people paying attention to this shit right now, can’t focus on more than one issue at once, then fuck you because it’s our entire lives. Our entire lives are trying to juggle the hundreds of different problems that queers face, and somehow we still manage to do amazing things, despite having the deck stacked against us at every turn.
If you’re looking for a way to be better ally: read this article while you angrily retweet things