Celebrating marriage equality in 2015.

Inclusion: What it Does & Doesn’t Mean (Opinion)

In Charlotte (not Charlottesville!), a group of LGBT fans of Trump have made a fuss about their float getting rejected from the Charlotte Pride Parade. The group’s founder told NBC News:

“The LGBT community is all about acceptance and inclusiveness. Why not include every political party?”

Why not, indeed? The answer could be found in current events.

This week, Trump, who tried to make a big show of being for LGBTQ rights during his campaign, has decided to fulfill this promise by:

…headlining the “Road to Majority” conference, an evangelical extremist gathering hosted by the homophobic Faith and Freedom Coalition. This is in addition to his refusal to issue a proclamation acknowledging June as Pride month.

If we can conclude from the latter that Trump’s support for LGBTQ equality holds no merit – and note, too, that the aspersions and bans he casts against other minorities and women are felt also by LGBTQ people, who exist within all groups – I think it safe to say that Trump is not what we could classify as an ally. That a Pride parade would want to celebrate him or his platform makes little sense. But should that mean that a Trump float gets excluded?

It’s not an easy answer. But one to think and talk about, as we try to understand how and why we desire, design, and define inclusiveness in and for our communities.

 

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