What you can do

A new day in America

Today, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

In 2016 we witnessed narratives of hate, discrimination and the creation of an ‘other’, causing concern among many groups, including the LGBT community. 

It was clear that the presidential campaign was divisive.

But in a spectacular rewrite of history, some are now suggesting that those who called out this bully-boy bravado are ultimately to blame for sparking this division. 

There is nothing like telling communities to talk less and smile more to make us realise that we need to be louder than ever.  

It’s important to appreciate the role the US has played in influencing global LGBT rights. 

The US Special Envoy for global LGBTI rights increased protections for LGBT asylum seekers. The US has also funded a range of overseas LGBT equality initiatives, advancing and protecting LGBT rights around the world.

We need to listen, but we also need to be heard.

We need to build on this work, and to do this we need to work with the US government under Trump’s leadership to continue to advance LGBT rights at home and abroad.

We know our partner organisations in the US are more determined and committed than ever. 

We know they are doing everything in their power to work with, and influence the Trump Administration. 

However, working with them does not mean we should be cowed or undermined by accusations of ‘playing’ identity politics. 

Such accusations undermine the very core of democracy. We should have, and we should continue to fight for, politics that recognises and champions the rights of everyone. 

We need to listen, but we also need to be heard.

Now is the time to stand taller, and to shout louder, and to build strong communities. 

Now is the time to stand taller, and to shout louder, and to build strong communities. 

We need to create collectives who look out for each other, and who speak out against inequality in whatever form it takes. 

We are entering an uncertain future. But it is vital – for the entirety of the LGBT community – that we don’t see backsliding on LGBT equality. 

At Stonewall, we will continue to work with our US partners, and others around the world, to collaborate with them to build acceptance without exception.

We need everyone in the LGBT community to make that promise too, and to stand by the side of each other, and other communities who are marginalised and discriminated against. The LGBT community is a force to be reckoned with, and we’re stronger than ever when we stand together.