Co-authored by Megan Evans
As an American lesbian woman living in the United Kingdom with my British wife, Megan Evans, here’s why a vote for Trump is a vote against us, our love and our life together. Originally from the South (born in Tennessee, raised in Kentucky), thankfully due to the U.K.’s progressive views on equality, I was able to move to the U.K. and join Megan in 2012. We rejoiced all the way in our home in Windsor when same-sex marriage was legalized across all 50 states in America. This meant that we could have a future together in the U.S. one day. We could get married, and legally Megan can move there. Next year, in fact, we are getting married in Palm Springs, California, and converting from a civil partnership to a marriage. We have friends and family traveling all over from the U.K. and U.S. to share in our special day. However, now we fear for our future and the whole LGBT community if Trump were to become president in a mere few days.
Even though I’m watching the presidential election debates all the way across the pond, to see my friends and family post online that they are supporting Trump fills me with a deep sadness and, quite honestly, horror. I know I’m not the only one. On the one hand, they support and love Megan and me as a couple, and yet on the other hand they’re choosing to vote for a sexist, racist and homophobic man who believes in “traditional” marriage between a man and a woman. If Trump gets elected, he has said he will “strongly consider” appointing judges to over-turn same-sex marriage. Not only this, but he would quite like to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation as he think it’s only “fair” we all have the same protection as other Americans (source HRC). I don’t think we’ll ever see the day that people start getting fired from work, refused a double bed at a motel or kicked out of a restaurant for being heterosexual. Due to “straight privilege,” they already have a protection that LGBT people will never have.
We have friends and family traveling all over from the U.K. and U.S. to share in our special day. However, now we fear for our future and the whole LGBT community if Trump were to become president in a mere few days.
We have made so many steps towards equality in America, not only with same-sex marriage, but with a much loved first black president and the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee for a major political party. How can we go from that to a “leader” who is a former reality TV star and wants to un-do all of the good that has been done? He’s made the presidential election debates a complete mockery, and you would not see that happen in the U.K. You wouldn’t opt for a entrepreneur with charisma vs. a top surgeon with 30 years experience to conduct your open-heart surgery, so why would you opt for a man who has zero experience in politics vs. a well-educated woman with over 30 years of legal and political experience to become one of the most powerful leaders of the world.
So dearest family and friends, I urge you to reconsider your vote for Trump. Even though you may not like Hillary (though of course, we strongly do), Hillary will have the most positive and progressive impact not only for us but for future generations. This is even more pertinent as a couple who plan to embark on the journey towards motherhood soon. In the words of FLOTUS, Michelle Obama: “And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
Due to 'straight privilege,' they already have a protection that LGBT people will never have.
Hillary Clinton endorses gay marriage equality, calls for an end to transgender violence, the Equality Act is her highest priority, she supports LGBT youth and their families and whats more, Hillary stands in support for LGBT equality worldwide (source HRC).
If you are with us, then you are with her. Love Trumps Hate.