by James Stout, La Mesa, CA

What do we do now?

I know many of you tend to disagree with my feelings towards Donald Trump. You email me and let me know. I welcome those conversations, they're useful, they help. But I wonder how many more of them I'll be having. Last weekend seems to be a pretty clear and distinct rejection of the idea that the differences between the left and the right in US politics were economic and not social, that LGBTQ tolerance was baked into US democracy and wasn't going anywhere and that Donald Trump cared about anyone other than a few rich, white straight men.

18 Aug, 2017

Last week, 700 assorted bigots marched through Charlottesville chanting "Jews will not replace us" , "white lives matter" and "f**k you faggots". And then, Donald Trump took two days to condemn them, and he followed up that condemnation by suggesting that blame lay "on both sides" and that the group of people who came to shout "we're here, we're gay, we fight the KKK" were as responsible as a group of people who bought automatic rifles, helmets and shields.

It is, at times like this, imperative to band together and announce our presence. That's the only way to fight intolerance, with unity. We need to embrace each other in our diversity and tolerance and point out that it makes us stronger, better and more resilient. There are ways we can do this, from signing petitions to making posts to reaching out to others across divides and coming together to celebrate what we share. What is important is that every day, each of us does what we have to in order to stand up to intolerance and hatred and that we don't let this moment go unmet. We are bigger and stronger that this, we've proved that again and again, but it seems the time to stop proving it is not here yet. The LGBTQ movement has been at the forefront of this struggle for years, and now we can join so many others and work together to make the world better.