I Am a Lesbian, Low-Income, Asian-American Republican circa 2006

By Thaimae Le (University of California San Diego Undergraduate)

When I was in elementary school, I experienced what it felt like to be grabbed by the pussy by a family friend- a man who was the same age as my grandmother.  This did not happen once or twice, but several times over the course of 3 years.   I lived in constant fear that this man, a powerful and influential man within my family’s social circle, would come and move on me like a bitch.  I did not tell anyone, not my cousins, my aunts, my uncles or my mother.  I was afraid.

I fully recovered from this trauma while high school, when I discovered my voice.

I have used this voice to speak up against misogyny and sexual violence in popular culture –against this “locker room talk”.   I have devoted several years of my life researching and advocating against the normalization of girls and women as(sexual) objects and second-class citizens, only to find that half of America stands behind a man who believes I am wrong.  

On Tuesday night, I discovered that not only am I wrong to believe that women deserve respect and equality, I am also wrong to believe that people of all genders, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities –marginalized cultures, are deserving of the pursuit of happiness in the United States of America.  Or am I? 

There are many people who believe I feel this way because I am not a lesbian, low-income, Asian American liberal.  In fact, I am a lesbian, low-income, Asian American Republican circa 2006.  Donald Trump and I have similar opinions on the second amendment, taking care of our veterans, and the economy, but we do not hold the same values on the topic of humanity. 

The words of Donald Trump have created the current divided state of America, but I hope that we will take positive, progressive action in order to work towards a more united state.  I know I will.