In Observance of LGBT History Month

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The LGBT+ community has been ragged on for years. Stonewall, the HIV and AIDS crisis during Regan’s presidency, the gay marriage debate, the fight for proper transgender healthcare, and much much more contribute to making the LGBT+ community what it is today.

LGBT+ people must have been devastated when they heard the president of the United States “joke” about how the vice president “wants to hang them all”. While this is nothing new for Pence (Time.com has an excellent timeline about his stance on LGBT issues), it is still a horrible comment. This is absolutely not what the LGBT+ community fought for.

Time after time, they fight. They fought the police at Stonewall, fought the Regan administration during the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, fought for the right to love, and are still fighting for transgender health care on top of so many other issues like people in the community discriminating each other. They fight for their rights and even after all that they are told the vice president of the United States they do not deserve to live.

However, there is hope, Governors State held a plethora of events for LGBT history month. We even established a gender support group. I was fortunate to attend the GLAAD Media Workshop where we mostly discussed trans visibility in media. While Number 45’s obscene comment is frightening, the rest of the world can take a note from the LGBT+ community. And they have certainly responded. A judge recently ruled 45’s ban on transgender people in the military as unconstitutional. When elected, 45 drafted an executive order that would legalize discrimination of gay and lesbian couples. It has since disappeared, but we as a nation must still be cautious. When life spits you in the eye, is out to kill you, resist and retaliate. Change doesn’t come as quickly as we hope it does, but it does come one way or another.

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