As a lesbian woman I am very concerned about things I currently see happening in the United States and then specially the things around the LGBT community. I may not understand everything completely and I do not understand the political system of the United Stated as whole, but all the news I read and hear is not good at all.
It was said to me that Trump, now that he is elected as president, he has to repay for all the votes from all those “true” Christians that gave him their votes and act on their wishes. Things like ruling out same sex-marriages and make it possible to deny services to people of the LGBT community (for those who do not know, LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual & Transgender… although I assume every one knows)
Once Trump claimed that people never should be discriminated on sexual orientation, it seems he has forgotten this claim completely.
Remember the matter of Kim Davis who refused on religious grounds to marry persons of the same gender? Trump gives support to the First Amendment Defence Act (FADA for short) and that will make discrimination like that of Kim Davis legal. And Trump said that he will not support the Marriage Equality Act.
FADA would prohibit the federal government from taking “discriminatory action” against any business or person that discriminates against LGBT people. The act distinctly aims to protect the right of all entities to refuse service to LGBT people based on two sets of beliefs: “1. Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, and 2. sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
But reading above statement more carefully it also shows that this law can be used against unwed parents and single mothers.
There are also big worries among same-sex couples concerning the adoption of children. Conservative Christians claim that a child should be raised by a man and a woman, not by two parents of the same sex. his all may lead to that same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt children and that is of course something really bad.
It is said to teach creationism in school again and allow prayers into the class again. This is also bad for the majority of the LGBT community (and not alone for them). I am really convinced that a school should not be driven by religion.
It seems that the Trump administration is going to be very white and very male. This will be a big step back from the administration of Obama.
Trump’s administration hold people that want to keep Guantanamo Bay open, anti-abortion regulations, expanding coal-burning power plants, doubt climate change, opposes the raise of the minimum wage and much of this kind of things. Really scary.
Don’t get me wrong, I know a lot of open and free minded people from the US, but it scares me to see that what is going on there.
Over here in The Netherlands also not everything as it should be. For me personally that worst thing that happened during the last years (since I changed jobs) was some name calling. Not nice, but I can live with that.
Sadly I have to say that right now I am very happy I am not living in the United States of America!