Erin of Phoenix, AZ writes:
I am a freshman at Arizona State University, and double-majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science. I am also pursuing a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies and possibly a certificate in French. I hope ti graduate in 8 or 9 semesters, and then get an internship with the International Criminal Court. I then plan to go to grad school and pursue a career as a victim advocate and public defender, and use that experience to either work at the ICC or win a seat in local government, and fight for the rights of all minorities and disenfranchised groups.
I am a college freshman and a proud member of the LGBTQIA community. I went to a highly conservative Catholic school from sixth to twelfth grade, and has to stay closeted to avoid harassment, bullying, and abuse from students and teachers alike. I had an administration that refused to even acknowledge that queer students attended the school, and when I told them that because it was a charter school, they legally had to allow us to start a Gay-Straight Alliance, they threatened to call in their lawyers. After graduating this past May, I was finally able to come out of the closet publicly. A Trump presidency makes me feel unsafe being proudly queer and threatens the lives and livelihoods of everyone I care about it. I am proud to be genderqueer and bisexual, but I refuse to stand by while Trump’s administration tries to force me back into the closet.
I refuse to let Trump erase all the progress queer people have made in the past few years. I refuse to sit by as friends of mine go back into the closet or put off coming out because Trump’s victory has reinforced the bigoted beliefs of their friends and family. We may not be able to keep Trump from serving for the next 4 years, but we sure as hell don’t have to sit there and let him destroy our community’s progress. We will oppose his bigotry and fight for our rights to exist openly and freely.
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