Michaelangelo Signorile on Effective Activism to counter LGBTQ backlash

Pink Panthers should definitely read Huffington Post’s interview with LGBTQ activist and voice for our community, Michaelangelo Signorile,  and to remain as a reference for effective activism to counter the coming backlash or assault against observance of our rights.

“‘Reagan stacked religious and conservative leaders through the agencies of the federal government,’ Signorile explained. ‘Whether it was the National Institute of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Housing, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education ― which are all issues that would affect queer people – they all operated through the prism of these religious conservatives.’

With Trump in office, we may not see political leaders actively speaking out against queer rights or trying to sway public opinion against the queer community. Instead, people granted positions of power, Signorile thinks, will be given control of valuable and life-saving programs for LGBTQ people and other minority groups through governmental agencies, granting them the potential ability to roll-back or dismantle programs that benefit the most vulnerable Americans.”

One way of effectively countering Donald Trump is to expose the hypocrisy of the religious right in their support of Donald Trump.  Unlike Ronald Reagan, both Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are famously known to have violated everything the religious right loudly proclaims hold dear.  They have participated in sex outside the confines of marriage, divorce, and Melania has posed for  soft pornography.  Donald Trump was famously recorded on an “Access Hollywood” tape saying he can grab women by the pussy because he inferred he was a star.  We need to make it unacceptable for them to claim some sort of ridiculous social or spiritual superiority over the LGBTQ community.

When we protest Trump, we need to create cognitive dissonance in the religious right who support him.  For instance, a couple of good slogans might be, “Donald Trump grabs women by the pussy and Talibangelicals support him,” or “Evangelicals endorsed ‘Show Us Your Tits Family Values’ Melania Trump!”  We have to remember who we are dealing with. Many Evangelicals who voted for Trump have proven the only thing they value is opposition and hatred of others while claiming a false spiritual superiority.  We’ve got to be willing to point it out the obvious even if it means shocking some people.  Non-Violent Civil Disobedience is the way, and there is nothing wrong with pointing out the deep hypocrisy of the marriage between Donald Trump with the Religious Right.

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