RE: In response to a conservative opinion printed in your paper.
Daniel McCarthy worte of the current President: "[..] in seeing to the nation’s interests, he has been embarrassingly successful."
Spoken like a well-to-do, yet myopic white man.
I'm a nonbinary 61-year-old writer and life coach who cares about how my nonbinary and other vulnerable communities--such as POC, LGBT, immigrant, poor, and homeless--fare in this country.
Until the last election, I felt that life in America was becoming increasingly safe for me. Come January 2017, not a day has passed on which I have not felt my sphere shrinking. Two years in, my community consists almost exclusively of other nonbinary folks. This is so because with the current President the cultural climate has shifted and American society is moving backwards toward restoring the old order of cisnormativity: Everyone tightly tethered to one of two gender poles--female and male--with no other options positioned in between--the absurd vision of a choir with only two voices.
Daily, it seems, it is being made clear in one way or another that we, as nonbinary folks, as trans people, not only don't have a right to exists but actually do not exist. Where we see our authentic self-expression, the spirit and tone of this administration encourages the public to sees pathology.
We are a vital part of this nation and this president is not seeing to our interests. In fact, he is often working against them: From trying to reinstate the transgender ban in the US military, rescinding guiding memos that protect the rights of trans students and workers, to HHS reportedly intending to establish a legal definition of sex that is tied to anatomy.
Far from needing to, as McCarthy says "keep...focus on his personal affairs," the LGBTQIA and other vulnerable communities and their advocates have to keep our eagle eye on this President's support of policies that undermine the vulnerable.
We need to keep our hands equipped with anything we can grab--ladles, cooking spoons, and whisks, if need be, to clang on pots and pans to keep raising the awareness needed for the support of those whose protections this administration, not only neglects but violates. We need to keep our keen eyes on each other to continue to bring us together under the umbrella of our humanity. We need to express our humanity with the fiercest love that rises from our heels up through our bodies and into our fingers and mouths to write and speak up for all vulnerable people.