The year is 2019. You'd think we'd be living in a progressive paradise by now, with energy-efficient trains crisscrossing the idyllic countryside, everyone being accepted for who they are---gay, bi, straight, or polygamous---and all people having equal access to free government breadlines.
But no. In the actual year 2019 that Trump has created, gay people are still being forced to attack themselves in the streets. Gay people, especially black gay people, have been so brainwashed by the messaging of Trump's America that they are now hiring people to oppress them right out in the open.
This isn't some third-world country where this is happening. This isn't in some dystopian young adult fiction, where I get most of my political ideas. It's here. It's now. Every day, a gay person somewhere in this country hires a couple of Nigerian guys to make it look like he's hated and oppressed.
We need to take a good, hard look in the mirror, America, and ask ourselves if this is who we want to be. We have allowed an evil movement of Trump supporters to take over our nation so effectively that we're now paying people to dress up like them and beat us up. This won't stand any longer. The time has come to say, "No more!"
May we look back a year from now and be able to declare proudly that the year is 2020 and the LGBT community is no longer compelled to pay people to oppress them. We owe it to our future, more progressive selves.