Bullying After the Election

This election has strained many relationships. I ended up changing my phone numbers (I’m keeping them very private now), and blocked my father on Facebook. He was the only family member I had connected to.

“Do you know why I’m in a Master of Education degree program in the School of Social Work in Youth Development Leadership? Do you know why I’ve been reading, researching, learning, and TALKING about suicide for the past two years (I started in January 2015)?

“Because I don’t want younger kids to end up like me.”

That’s what I told my parents in a very angry reply to my father’s political… bullshit.

I included a lot of my family on that email. On of my older cousins replied, ” I understand your frustration. Maybe not to the level you describe. If I was that cousin you referred to I am sorry….. No one needs to live with that torment. ”

I told him, “I don’t even remember who the cousin(s) was or were. We lived so far away, and visited so rarely, that I hardly know most of my own family. I just remember it happened at a young age.”

He replied, “I am sure I was a person who bullied you, for that I am sorry. I cannot turn back the hands of time, boy I wish I could….however I can only look towards the future. I hope you find the strength to keep the future in sight and only remember the the past. It wasn’t peaches n cream on this side either in the past…”

“It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when it happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet. We have to find a better way to talk to each other,” Melania Trump said.

Yes. Stop mocking, bullying, and attacking gay kids. Our next First Lady said so.

I hope Vice President-elect Pence listens to her when he takes away GLBTQ rights, breaks up same sex marriages, and takes away their children. That is what the community is afraid of.