As a gay Catholic man in relationship with my God and my husband Leo, I wonder how life will be changed under President Donald Trump and Vice-President Michael Pence. To me both of them are seriously flawed. To me, Mr. Trump has no moral center except whatever he decides is okay. I fear for life under him, both nationally and internationally. I think he is a con man, who would say anything to look good. At the same time, I don’t think he has a serious problem with gay persons.
To me, VP Michael Pence is more dangerous. Why? Because he professes to be a Christian with a fundamentalist bent. While I don’t know if it is true, I did read an article on the Internet that said he went through ‘conversion therapy’ years ago to become heterosexual. If true, he still remains a homosexual, if only celibate. He has the right wing Christian following. I believe Pence will have a great deal of influence on Trump and will urge him to appoint a Supreme Court judge who could make decisions that are anti-gay, in employment and in marriage. Having been a Senator, he knows the senators and, since both houses of Congress are under republican rule, he can depend on his ‘brothers’ to vote against gay persons and our lives.
My remedy? To prayerfully think about my own response so as not to inflict only more negativity in the world. I will protest by writing letters and making phone calls. Some others may want to demonstrate publicly. I did this for many years, both in Columbus and in Washington DC. At 68, almost 69, I remember the years of fear of being fired or arrested as I left a gay bar in the early mornings when police could arrest you for J-walking or walking against a red light (even when there was no traffic at 2:30 in the morning). At the same time, I think my demonstrating in the streets are over. I look forward to younger gay men and women to protest on the streets; I’ll be behind with my money and my voice to protest.
See my book, Hounded by God: A Gay Man’s Journey to Self-Acceptance, Love, and Relationship.