We celebrate LGBTQ Pride because for too long we have been invisible and forced to live in shame and fear. We celebrate because too many lives have been lost to win us the right to be proud of who we are and to love who we love. And we invite you to celebrate with us, because we couldn’t have reached this point without our LGBTQ allies, and we need your help and support to continue making progress.
Many evangelicals and those in the Christian Right willingly overlook his moral misgivings because they understand that he is a means to an end. And the gamble they made on Trump has proven largely successful as Trump has appointed two new conservative justices to the Supreme Courth: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
This means devoting more resources to hire more asylum officers and immigration judges to reduce administrative backlog. It also means putting an end to family separations and indefinite detentions. In the long term, we need compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform and a foreign policy that doesn’t contribute to the global refugee crisis.
A companion makes the seas less of a daunting and fearful endeavor. With someone by you, those monsters on the edge of the map become the outlines of new continents, new oceans, and new experiences. With a companion, those uncharted seas become blank pages with which to create a new world – to write a new story.
Our foreign policy is a hot mess. Our traditional allies are starting to look at ways to circumvent the US in salvaging institutions of global order and such things as the Iran Nuclear Deal. If we want to fix our foreign policy, it will require a more steady hand and President Trump is not that man. He’s become a laughing stock and lacks the intellectual capacity and curiosity to solve any problems.
In all truth, I don’t know the answer. Viewing his life in its totality and entirety, I see a man who held traditional beliefs about marriage and sexuality. But I also see a man who evolved and changed with the times. At the same time, I cannot ignore the countless deaths from HIV/AIDs that were a result of his inaction on the epidemic.
The deep cancer of colonialism, racism, and xenophobia run deep and it will take more than one movement and many lifetimes to root it out. Because, as the saying goes, the arch of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Let us bend it a little more.
Morality exists as a universal concept to free humanity from our baser instincts, such as hate, fear, and violence; that morality should free us to contemplate, imagine, and dream of a world in which we live in peaceful coexistence. Instead, we have seen morality used to oppress, marginalize, dehumanize, and to stoke fear and hate of those who may look different, talk different, dress different, act different, and love differently.