Gay father Michael Anderson has written a powerful message to his friends and family who may have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Gay Star News
reports that Anderson took to Facebook with his essay, revealing that he doesn't feel secure in his country anymore.
The post started by acknowledging that he understands why people may have voted for Trump, but goes on to say that many people aren't comfortable with the result. He writes:
"Many groups of Americans feel there are serious consequences for them with this particular president-elect and his vice president-elect."
"It's easy to get caught up in our lives and our problems and not worry about the lives of people who don't seem relatable to us. We are all guilty of this. I am guilty of this. But I am from one of these concerned groups, and you know me. You might even like me."
Anderson states that he previously felt comfort, knowing that he was legally married in the eyes of the law, but that comfort is now gone.
"I suddenly don't feel secure anymore," he writes.
"Vice president-elect Pence has an extensive anti-gay record from supporting gay conversion therapy on kids that literally includes trying to (but failing to) electro-shock the gay out, to signing legislation in his state in 2013 to jail any same-sex couple who attempted to get a marriage certificate."
"All of the progress that we have made that gives my family a sense of belonging and security is very likely to be erased."
Anderson states he's scared because the "president-elect has not distanced himself from the KKK and other hate groups" and that he thinks the government wouldn't do much to "protect" him.
"I'm scared for the future. I'm scared for me, I'm scared for my family, and more than anything I'm scared for my multiracial daughter who ins't old enough to yet understand that people are out there who will hurt her or demean her simply for the colour of her skin or because she is female."
Anderson urges his friends and family to come together and fight hatred.
"I want you to think about me and my family and how it affects other people like us when our rights and protections get taken away. And my real hope is that we can all think beyond the bubbles we live in and about every group in our country that is frightened, including so many who have so much more reason to be worried than I do."
"People aren't whining about losing; they are deeply mourning the loss of hope that they too can feel included and be happy in America, the land of the free."
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