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Don’t Lose Hope: Although Trump has become the president-elect, you can still fight for what’s right.

I’m not going to sugar coat it: I am concerned for America’s future.

But it’s not in the sense of the rights of my LGBTQ, Latino, Muslim, and immigrant brothers and sisters being taken away necessarily. Of course, I’m concerned for them; they’re my family, my friends. It’s more than that. My concerns comes from the great division we’ve created across the country.

My boyfriend, Eli, came across a meme that said “Trump is not my president,” followed by pictures of a Troy Bolton-era Zac Efron shrugging, captioned: “Deal with it.”

“For the love of God, it’s not literal,” he said. “Stop taking it so literally.”

Explaining to me the reason behind posting it, Eli told me that he’s “exasperated with Republicans on Facebook,” he said.

“Dammit, I’m done with EVERYONE on Facebook,” I said back with a long sigh.

And I am.

I’m sick and tired of the rioters in Portland. And let me be clear: I’m a huge supporter of everything our First Amendment says. I believe in the power of protesting when it’s done lawfully and peacefully.

Breaking buildings does not fit in my definition of peaceful protesting. Throwing fireworks at the police just makes you look like you’re worse than Trump himself, a guy who’s been accused of sexual misconduct countless times by countless women.

When you fight hate with destruction and vandalism, you become the loser. But at the same time, how else are we supposed to avenge a Trump presidency?

Although the answer may sound like the most cliche response of all time, I still stand by it: we must fight Hate with Love.

We all know what Trump has done during his campaigning:

He’s mocked the disabled, defamed veterans like John McCain who were prisoners-of-war or have PTSD, and mocked the parents of a fallen Muslim soldier whose speech emphasized the American right to religious freedom.  

He still believes in a border-wall, although he’s allowed for such a wall to be a fence in some areas. Deportation still remains a big theme for his campaign, which begs the question, “how can he get away with what he says he’s going to do over the course of these next four years?”

He’s changed his mind about LGBT issues countless times. In a recent 60 Minutes interview, he made his most recent statement on the subject.

“These [Freedom of Marriage Act] changes have gone to the Supreme Court; they’ve been decided, and I’m fine with that,” said President-Elect Trump.

His vice-president, however, still is a major opponent of LGBTQ rights.

This is the extent of what many consider to be his “hate.” But I encourage you to read the sidebar to help find ways to fight this Hate with Love.

And if you ever want to talk to someone, feel free to email me:

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