I just read this article which cites a poll conducted by the LGBT media-advocacy group GLAAD and conducted by The Harris Poll found that fewer non-LGBT adults reported being comfortable with their LGBT peers than in previous years.
I find this rather frightening. Is this decline in acceptance a reaction to the marriage equality decision? Or does it have more to do with Trump and his policies against the LGBTQ community, along with the recent rhetoric against the LGBTQ community? I tend to think the latter. What I’m not sure of is if the decline in acceptance is a real decline or just that people are more comfortable and feel they have more permission to say they are uncomfortable.
I also feel the election of Trump has given permission for people to voice the hate and fear they have toward the LGBTQ community and even has given rise to acts to violence.
It seems we are stuck, at least for now, with this current administration. That being so, what can we do to impact this? I certainly don’t feel people should go back in the closet because some are uncomfortable seeing same-sex couple holding hands or having them in their places of worship. Quite the contrary. More than ever, I feel it is important for those in the community to be out and live their lives in the open. How are people ever going to change unless they see and get to know people who are LGBTQ.
When my mother was alive, her primary care doctor was a gay man. She and he became friends (he was also a member of her Temple) and she had him over for dinner and would call to see how he was and how his son was doing. He was a wonderful man and a good doctor. It never occurred to her to be concerned because he was gay. It was just who he was. Having a gay grandson probably helped!
Those of us who are parents have the unique opportunity to be out in support of our kids and the LGBTQ community as a whole. Who better to stand up for our kids than a mama bear. Don’t cross us. We can be ferocious!