Hey guys, we have to have a talk. By now, you know that Donald Trump was elected president last night. And let’s be real: a lot of people are scared. Trump is dangerous for a lot of people, specifically for women, people of color, the Latinx community, immigrants, and the LGTBQ community, among others. He is known to be sexist, racist, and homophobic, just to name a few of his terrifying traits. And now, he is our president, which is horrifying to a lot of us. I know you might think that this doesn’t affect you, but if you are anything other than a white guy, you are being negativity affected by Trump’s presidency.
I’m not being dramatic at all when I say I am scared and don’t know what to do. I know a lot of you are probably feeling the same way right now. But remember: there are some things that can be done. Obviously, we can’t change the results, but we can each do things to help the mental and physical health of those around us during this confusing and traumatic time. We need to stick together and support each other now more than ever. I’m not sure what exactly will happen when Trump is sworn in on January 20th, 2017, but here is some stuff you can do right now, whether you are a girl, non-binary person or trans person. You all matter.
Look Into Alternative Birth ControlTrump has aggressively stood by his anti-abortion stance and his desire to repeal Obamacare, which means that your birth control pills can get expensive, and if you do end up with an unwanted pregnancy, it will be harder than ever to get an abortion. Many women are suggesting an IUD, which is when a device is inserted into the uterus in order to prevent pregnancy for anywhere from 3-10 years. This can really benefit people who do not want to get pregnant, and if you think this is the best option for you, make an appointment with your doctor now. Image Source: iStock
Donate To planned ParenthoodPlanned Parenthood is a very important resource for any young person with a vagina (women, non-binary people, trans people) and it is in danger of being defunded as Trump takes office. Planned Parenthood is not only important for reproductive health, but they also do cancer screenings and check ups for people without insurance. If you have any money to donate, even if it's just a few dollars, be sure to donate to Planned Parenthood to help people continue to get the care they deserve. Image Source: iStock
Reach Out To OthersA lot of people are being affected by this election. Trump has been accused of sexual assault numerous times, and him being elected president is sending the message that men who assault women will not be penalized, and can even go out and run for PRESIDENT. This is bringing up anxiety and past trauma for sexual assault survivors. It's important to reach out and support people who are going through this. Send a Tweet or post an Instagram telling people you are available to talk if they need. Also don't be afraid to ask others for help. We all need to support each other. Image Source: iStock
Speak OutIf you are upset or angry, make it heard. You have every right to feel emotional about this election. Speak out. Get angry. Let people know that if they voted for Trump they supported a man who is putting women, the LGBTQ community, latinx community and countless others in danger and taking their rights away from them. Image Source: iStock
Take Care Of Your BodyA lot of us are feeling scared and anxious, and it's totally understandable. But you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Make sure you are eating and drinking water. Take a shower if you need. Your body is important and you need to take care of it. The stress and anxiety of this election is really taking a toll on people, and you have to be sure to put yourself first. Self care is really important, especially now. Image Source: iStock
CryCrying is important. Sometimes, you just need to do it. You are probably feeling a lot of emotions, and they are all valid. If you need to talk to anybody, reach out to a parent or a friend. You can even call the national crisis hotline if you are feeling confused and upset. You are not alone. Image Source: iStock
Celebrate Other WinsAlthough this election has taken an emotional toll on us all, there is a silver lining: a ton of women of color and LGBT women were elected into state government last night. Minnesota elected their first female Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar, while Oregon elected its first openly LGBT govener Kate Brown. It's something we can celebrate in the midst of all of this election stress. Image Source
Join A ClubIf you want to speak about this election and the issues it raised but don't know how, a lot of schools and college campuses have feminist clubs or LGBTQ clubs that will be a good resource if you want to help but don't know how. It will also be a good idea to meet with other people who, like you, have been shaken by this election and don't know where to go from here. Image Source: iStock
Go To A RallyIf it's safe for you and you are able too, you can even attend an anti-Trump rally in a city nearby to stand against Trump's harmful agendas. Be sure to go with a group of people and stick together so that you can keep track of one another. Image Source: iStock
How do you feel about the election? Talk to us in the comments.