“If we are already fighting the hurtful effect of comments when kids repeat what Trump has said in the campaign, I can’t even fathom what we will be fighting after four years of his hateful rhetoric,” said Rine.
In April, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report on the “Trump effect,” describing how the businessman’s racially-charged rhetoric coincided with an uptick in school bullying. In the report ― based on anecdotes from teachers, not empirical data ― teachers described the schoolyard harassment their students of color and Muslim students were increasingly subjected to.
Now that Trump has successfully attained the nation’s highest office, educators are grappling with the fact that a Trump presidency could further embolden school bullies.
In multiple cities, people took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s win on Election Night.
It’s a troubling day for many Americans, especially for the LGBTQ community and the communities we lock arms with every day to create positive change — including women, immigrants, and people of color. I just wanted you to know that GLAAD remains as determined as ever to lead the fight to accelerate acceptance and end hate.
We’ve made so much progress, and I refuse to let us go backwards. Now, perhaps more than ever, we must stand up to defend equality and acceptance, build on the momentum we have achieved, and redouble our work to move hearts and minds.
So, if you’re hurting today, if you feel you have no voice, if you feel that you have not been heard – I want you to know that I hear you, GLAAD hears you, and we stand alongside you. Together, we will persevere, and we will create a better future for everyone in the LGBTQ community and beyond.
We refuse to stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It always has been, and it always will be.
Sarah Kate Ellis
President and CEO, GLAAD