- Queers Resisting Trump and White Supremacy in Mexico City
Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of (North) America on January 20, 2017 amid many protests and the disappointment of people worldwide, including LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Inter-sex, and Asexual) and queer-identified people in Mexico City. Since his nomination as the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, many believed he did not stand a chance, and although there were some protests and demonstrations of outrage over his nomination, I think some of us took for granted the fact that the United States is still a country divided by race and gender. Donald Trump took advantage of the fact that many white Americans are prejudiced and still believe in white supremacy.
In this article, we will see that even though Trump is now a president of one of the most powerful nations in the world, there are people resisting his ideologies and his white supremacy, including LGBTQIA, queer identified people, students, and young people in Mexico, where a movement has begun to protest and resist his government.
I always thought of Donald Trump as a television celebrity. In my opinion, Donald Trump is an individual who is hungry for power and attention and nothing else. Never would I have imagined in my wildest dreams that he would be running for the U.S. presidency, not to mention him becoming the 45th U.S. president. I truly believe that he is a threat to humanity, given his public [End Page 79] record and the fact that he is a white supremacist. And that’s why I think the United States still is a country that’s divided by race, as indicated by the fact that many supported him and even more voted for him. Why am I saying this? I say this because I am concerned about the future of migrants, documented and undocumented, women, people of color, Native Americans, and Muslims living in the United States. I am also concerned for LGBTQIA people, as I think Trump will try to take some of their rights away. At the time of my writing of this article, Trump signed the okay for a gas pipeline to be built across sacred indigenous land. He has appointed well-known white supremacists to be a part of his cabinet. Furthermore, he’s planning on building a wall along the Mexico–-U.S. border to divide the countries, and he issued an executive order banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the United States. To me, it is clear that these actions are a sign of his hunger for power and his fascist ideology.
I believe these concerns are not mine alone, not only because I have lived in the United States for many years, but also because there were marches and demonstrations all over the world. I was enthralled to see people marching in the Canadian Arctic in freezing weather protesting Donald Trump the day after he was sworn in as president. Queer-identified and LGBTQIA individuals participated in these marches.
In my hometown of Mexico City, we organized a demonstration and march outside of the U.S. embassy. Just like the people in the Canadian Arctic, a group of queer individuals and myself set up a demonstration the day after Donald Trump won the election. It was a cold and rainy evening at the Independence monument, known as “El Angel,” in Mexico City. Given the last-minute notice, there wasn’t a large crowd, but there were enough of us to make noise, stop traffic, get some of the drivers to blow their horns at us, either in support or being upset about the traffic jam, and several tourists looked on, curious about the commotion. We were able to place signs along the steps of the monument repudiating Trump’s presidency; I myself carried the U.S. flag with the rainbow flag on top of it, symbolizing LGBTQIA rights above any government. Among the signs that night, some read: “Solidaridad Anti Trump” (Anti-Trump Solidarity) “Construye puentes, no Muros” (Build bridges, not Walls), “Support Peace and Inclusion,” “Inmigrantes Musulmanes...