Derek Sherlock – Anchor staff
Recently, a video has gone viral in which famed actress Ellen Page, called out Vice President Mike Pence on his stances on the LGBTQ+ community. As someone who is a part of the LGBTQ+ community, what she said rang true for me and so many within the community. When you are given a powerful platform such as the Vice Presidency or the Governor of Indiana, and you create (or attempt to create) policies that do harm to a group of people, you should not be allowed to hold any sort office. This includes both Pence and Trump––who have put forth policies into effect have been damaging to everyone within the LGBTQ+ community.
Page states that Vice President Pence is a believer in conversion therapy, which many health organizations around the world have denounced as ineffective and risky. The current administration has rolled back on many protections for LGBTQ+ people that were established by Obama. Trump has also tweeted that he will not allow transgender people to serve in the military, which has gone into effect earlier this year.
To top it all off, back in October, the Trump administration was considering a definition of a person’s gender as based on their genitalia at birth and not changeable later in life. Ultimately, it would define transgender people out of existence causing gender to be a binary concept. Pence and Trump, along with many other local officials, are fighting hard to create laws and bills that make it illegal for trans people to use the bathroom they feel comfortable using. There are still officials that are trying like hell to still make same-sex marriages a difficult task to obtain in many parts of the country.
So, let’s look at the evidence presented: This administration, as well as many local officials, are telling the country that queer people do not matter. As Ellen Page said, “If you are in a position of power, and you hate people… what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused, and they’re going to kill themselves, and people are going to be beaten on the street.” That is what will happen. I have met so many smiling queers and trans people with scars both on their wrists from attempting to take their lives but also the scars of being thrown out of their homes for being who they are. I have tried once before to take my own life because of my gender and sexual identity. This abuse of power needs to end.