LGBT protection in America

I’m in a frustrating logic loop trying to figure out if it’s possible to stay in America, fight to reclaim democracy so that we can try to protect the rights of our queer family

Or if I should leave to a country that’s progressed to be notably less homophobic like Canada or Ireland

The main concern I have is that, if you go by polling data & population: the American people are overwhelmingly pro-LGBT. But the governance is the opposite: ready & willing to arrest and execute trans women, trans men, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and all queer folk who don’t conform to the hetero traditions. Worse yet there are fascist fanatics chanting this on who are also ready to massacre anyone pro-LGBT.

It seems like no one is doing anything about this problem & I’m feeling lost, confused and hopeless

Any thoughts about this matter would be helpful …

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You may find that regardless of what you want to do, emigrating to another country may not be a possibility. Even fleeing states that are overtly homophobic or transphobic will not be possible for everyone persecuted by anti-LGBT legislation.

LGBT people and allies need to stand together against anti-LGBT politics and denounce it for the bigotry and death it causes. To put it bluntly, mitigating the Republican Party’s direct involvement in making the lives of queer people unlivable would be to ignore the plight of people suffering and work for the benefit of those causing it. Anyone consciously avoiding denouncing the GoP is helping them.

I hope you can find the strength and support to stay and fight. The United States is a good country full of decent people. One good thing about this problem is that many people are aware of it, and the cause is unequivocally due to the fascistic machinations of the GoP and the deeply homophobic evangelical, right-wing Christian nationalists they represent.

The immediate threat, at least, is clearly defined.

Do you have a source for this? Our government has problems and does not treat LGBT+ people with the dignity and human rights we deserve, but they aren’t arresting and executing LGBT+ people (at least not for being LGBT+). Whatever alarmist sources you’re hearing from are ones I worry aren’t good for your mental health.

Tragically, that is not unique to the United States. There are fascist fanatics in a lot of developed countries. The only question is how much power they do or don’t hold.

We need to fight against what’s happening, especially since the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade (however you feel about that ruling in and of itself) is putting Obergefell v. Hodges at risk. LGBT+ rights are a big wedge issue for Republicans right now (especially trans rights), and I’m intent on not letting that happen.

But, please don’t give into despair. Despite what some alarmists on social media might act like, America is still a pretty good place to be LGBT+. There are not homophobic Gestapo patrolling the streets. And things can improve! The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice. We just need to do our part to not be complacent. We need to help it improve.

It’s not so much about what IS happening as what’s potentially about to: Clarence Thomas about to repeal protections for gay marriage, sex liberty laws, etc. Texas GOP going full mask off anti LGBTQ.

I’m seeing the threats made, and am 99% sure it’s coming. I’m completely cut off myself from any sanctuary. So if Georgia decided to make merely being non-heterosexual illegal, my very existence is in danger.

The GOP platform has always been opposed to LGBT+ rights. But I think it’s important to remember that the world is moving in the right direction on LGBT+ acceptance. Straight parents continue to have LGBT+ children; there’s no way to properly insulate against it. What we’re seeing is a hiccup, not the new trajectory.

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