For a while last night, a small part of our politics seemed to return to normal. Two candidates, sitting across from each other, debated the issues of the day. And yet none of what happened last night was truly normal, and the fact that the debate was happening in the first place was perhaps the most profound display of abnormality.
In a stunning clinic on how to make a major state decision with global implications with less gravitas and forethought than the finale of The Bachelor, Trump announced yesterday via Twitter that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being fired and replaced by Mike Pompeo, who has a concerning anti-LGBT record and sounds a lot like Mike Pence!
Mike Pence got a gay welcome from his neighbors, lesbian couple wins against bakery homophobes, trans military ban goes bye-bye, why we kiss at midnight on NYE, PA and AZ voters are pro-LGBTQ, and some self care tips for the new year. Smooches!
Not only are they serving up our wholesale demise, they’re serving looks.
Trump doesn’t want to deal with LGBTQ activists, but he’s happy to legitimize discrimination even if he’s not legalizing it.
Trump is reportedly planning to sign a “religious liberty” executive order that has Mike Pence written all over it — in the meantime, over 200 members of Congress say they’ll just go ahead and file a bill that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act.
This is a good first step, Mike Pence not talking to women, but let’s not limit ourselves. Mike Pence shouldn’t talk to anyone, ever.
As homophobic Christians dominate more of the national discourse, and as Religious Freedom acts of various permutations strip rights from queer and trans people across the U.S., reclaiming the Gospel has begun to feel urgent.
Trump and the Republican Party have been gobsmacked by activism since the inauguration; the last thing they want is to have to go up against LGBTQ people who boast one of the most organized, well-funded, successful, and popular activist movements in modern history.
To take back the country for Christ, we needed to outbreed, outvote and outactivate the other side, thus saith The Lord.