Mr. Trump, Bravery Has No Gender

Mr. Trump,

Please, go away. Our country has had enough embarrassment with your daily tweet and utter disrespect on a constant basis. No one is laughing anymore–in fact, no one truly laughed–ever.

I still remember waking up on the morning of November 9th, feeling numb, heartbroken, and afraid at the fact that it was you who would be taking office in a few short months.

For a brief couple of weeks, I wished you the best. Not because your pompous, angry, spoiled self deserved it–but because I love this country and everything it symbolizes. Yet, in the short months of your presidency, I have found your administration to almost be a punishment to the land of the free, home of the brave.

Since your candidacy, you have taken the liberty to spread your agenda of hatred. You have mocked disabled people; called Latinos “rapists” and “criminals”; disrespected women on all fronts (doesn’t surprise me that your wife won’t even hold your hand).

You have relentlessly isolated the United States from the forefront of world leadership with your bigotry, turning us into the butt of jokes all over the world.

Today, Donald, you have crossed the line once more with your disrespect.

You have the “cara dura” (as we Latinos like to say), to hide behind the bright screen of your cell phone and again, drag this country back another hundred years:

“ After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

I’m sorry…..WHAT?!

Is this the country everyone wants to live in? The country of freedom? The country founded on the principles of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?” A country that just two years ago victoriously celebrated EQUALITY AND LOVE FOR ALL.

Let me tell you something, Donald: you are done messing up.

I don’t know if you realize this or not, but there are two very common traits between people in the military and those in our LGBT community: BRAVERY.

BRAVERY, Donald. That is what a transgender person who decides to risk their lives for the freedom of  those in this country are displaying—-they are not a burden!

BRAVERY is what ANY person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender,  who decides to so selflessly risk their lives for others displays when they join the military.

BRAVERY is  being transgender and enlisting in a male-dominated military world with the threat of discrimination and bullying; still showing that courage is born in our hearts and not our gender.

Is that a trait you have found within yourself? Is that what you think you are showing the world when you stand up on platforms and bully people?

Maybe you’ll never know what that word means, since it looks like life has always opened its doors to your tantrums.

Perhaps you will never be able to identify and empathize with a person from the LGBT community because bravery is not part of your vocabulary; alongside respect and kindness.

I just want to let you know that we are here, and we are watching.

Those of us who see past your hatred and still love this country are watching, and will not stay quiet while another minority group is targeted and oppressed by you.

NO, Donald:

Our “pussies” will not be grabbed.

We will not help you build a wall.

We will not “get out of here”.

We will not abandon our planet.

We will not accept your homophobia.

We will fight back, as we have done from the first day.

Please, do us all a favor, and stop making America terrible— this is not the Handmaid’s Tale.


A fed-up American

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