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I, like many folks, found good reason to be unhappy with the Presidential election this year. And I, like many folks, was unhappy with the final result. What worries me now, though, is the future. Our next President could do a considerable amount of damage to the LGBTQ community, and if his cabinet choices are any indication of who we’re going to have to deal with for at least the next four years, there WILL be damage. Don’t believe me? Just look at the wish list the National Organization for Marriage released after Trump’s win.
But something else troubles me even more.
As adults, we’ll persevere. How well remains to be seen, especially when LGBT suicide hotlines have reported a spike in call volume since the election results. Adults have a bit more experience to fall back on when encountering adversity. It doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t make it easy, but it can be a cushion. So my question becomes the same question organizations like NOM have been asking; what about the children? The difference is we’re protecting some children from NOM, not NOM protecting them from us.
Much has been made about Trump appearing to cozy up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Should that combined with Trump’s cabinet, and ties to organizations like NOM worry us? Absolutely. Russia has a gay propaganda law “for the purpose of protecting children from information advocating for a denial of traditional family values.” Homosexuality isn’t seen as a norm there, so content suggesting that it is, and if it’s presented to minors, is punishable under Federal law.
What’s to stop that from happening here? What’s to stop lawmakers from going one step further after they pass Religious Freedom laws, allowing people to refuse services and goods to the LGBTQ community based upon their religious beliefs? Now think about this, which comes to my point as an author.
I’ve never written a Young Adult novel. The closest I came was my first book, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, but I’d say that was really meant for someone 18 years and older. But what about authors who do write YA novels? What about authors who write YA novels that feature characters who happen to be gay? And what if these characters who happen to be gay are also portrayed as the normal people we know them to be?
Will existing books be forbidden in schools, libraries, or stores where minors could have access to them? Will these books be destroyed? Burned? Will publishers stop publishing them? Or perhaps publishers will feel political heat to force changes on stories with such characters. Will Amazon and other online stores block them from search results?
Yes, this could be said to be an extreme view of a possible future. Yet it wasn’t too long ago when marriage equality was said to be an extreme view of a possible future, and it came true.
As an author, I’m still going to pursue writing the stories I write, and get word out. Should I ever join the ranks of other authors who write YA novels with gay characters in them, I’ll be doing my part in making sure minors know about them and have access to them (provided it’s appropriate to their age).
My husband described the ever-changing political climate to me yesterday as a pendulum. It went one direction with Bill Clinton, swung the other way with George Bush, then back again with Barack Obama, and now we have Donald Trump. I’ve witnessed a rally in NYC this past weekend of people denouncing Trump as their President. But he will represent us. I just hope he remembers he’s representing us when he takes office, and not just those who put him in office.
About Kage Alan
Non-award winning and utterly non-famous LGBT author Kage Alan lives in a suburb of Detroit, MI with his husband, who answers to “His Majesty,” and their fish and shrimp, who answer to “fish” or “shrimp.” He enjoys adding to his tiny Blu-Ray library, and fibbing about buying Blu-Rays on New Release Tuesday. Kage also lives in fear of His Majesty’s Hong Kong Grandmonster, who God apparently doesn’t want to spend time with.
His novels include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, and Falling Awake. He also has short stories in Butt Pirates in Space, Butt Ninjas From Hell, Butt Babes in Boyland, Butt Riders on the Range, and Butt Villains on Vacation.
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