Today has been a sad, weird and surreal day. Ever since Trump announced he would run for president, everyone has been saying he would never be able to win. Didn’t stand a chance. I was scared, but believed them. Trusted the polls, trusted the American people. Today, they proved me and the rest of the world we overestimated their kindness and compassion. They elected someone who doesn’t believe climate change is real, and who hates women, immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, the muslims and basically every other minority out there.
Today, America elected a president who has been accused of fraud, sexual assault and rape. And because of what? Fear of immigrants? Fear of muslims? Because of Hillary’s emails? Her gender? Her husband? Because America lacks education? Because people are selfish and don’t care for anyone else but themselves?
Many voted for Trump, or didn’t vote at all, out of protest. Protest against the establishment, against Hillary Clinton, against politics in general. But they failed to see, or didn’t care, that their protest vote can impact others.
Those who voted for Trump, didn’t just vote against Hillary Clinton. They voted against women’s rights, against the LGBTQ+ community, against the right on abortion, against muslims, against people of color, against protecting the planet from global warming, against immigrants, against refugees, against paternal leave, against affordable health care and many other things.
By voting for Trump, they didn’t just vote for him. They also voted for hate, discrimination, sexism, racism, homophobia, a fucking wall, nuclear weapons, guns and violence. They didn’t just vote for ‘the successful business man’ either, but also for a fraud and a rapist.
So good job, America, with your angry protest votes and bold statements. You elected a man who isn’t just endangering the lives of every single minority group within America, but who also has the power to bring the rest of the world down with him. Who has the power to launch nuclear weapons, who doesn’t want to invest in renewable energy and who believes climate change is a hoax.
Today has been a sad, weird and surreal day. When I found out Trump won, I cried for almost an hour. And please, don’t tell me it doesn’t affect me. Because it does affect me. I’m a woman, I’m an immigrant, I’m bisexual and I share a planet with the rest of the world. A planet that can be so easily destroyed by war, nuclear weapon or climate change.
When I found out Trump won this morning, my anxiety kicked in for the first time in more than a month. I was scared, and sad and angry, and I wanted to call in sick from work, buy a bottle of gin and empty it all by myself. But I didn’t.
I don’t want to let my fear win, I don’t want to let fear decide my actions. After all, it’s fear that got Trump elected in the first place. I don’t want to stay home from work and get drunk because I’m angry, how different would that make me from those that didn’t go out and vote because they were angry?
Remember that love will always trump hate
I want my love, my dreams, my hopes and my values to define who I am and what I do. So instead of drinking a bottle of gin and calling in sick from work, I decided to protest in another way. In a better way.
I went outside and gave all the cash I had with me to a homeless immigrant who was sleeping in the snow on the side of the road (it was -5°C/23°F outside).
And I came out to everyone I hadn’t yet come out to, to the people at work and to my entire family. And I explained them what it feels like, to be different, to be bisexual, to be discriminated against, to be a minority. What it feels like to see a president that hates people like you get elected. What it feels like to feel unsafe just because of your sexuality.
If you’re upset by Trump’s election, don’t lower yourself to their level. Don’t let hate win. Don’t let violence and ignorance win.Educate those who discriminate or spread hateful messages. Prove them the lives of those they’re trying to discriminate against are valuable to all of us. Stand up for those that don’t have the power to stand up for themselves.
The president might not support the minority groups, but that doesn’t mean we can’t support them. Let’s make sure they can count on us, that we’ll help them, whenever they need it. Let’s show them they’re not alone and let’s work on making the world a better place for them.
Be a kind person and help those around you, every day. Not out of hate against a president, but out of love for others. Show the world that love will always trump hate.