Gay Editor on NPR: LGBT Community More Scared After Trump’s Election Than Pulse Shooting
On Tuesday’s edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, the editor of Orlando’s LGBT newspaper Watermark Billy Manes said that he and his community were more on edge and more likely to hide their identities after the election of Donald Trump than they were in the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub.
In an end-of-the-year retrospective, host Ari Shapiro asked if Manes still felt the kind of fear he said he felt after the June shooting. “I think almost more so,” Manes responded.
“I’ve sort of fed this around a little bit in my office this morning. And we’re a lot more careful about ourselves and how we present at this point, which I don’t think is a great thing,” he said. “Nobody wants to seem too gay, do they? We’ve had developments since the Pulse shooting that have indicated we may not be in the best graces of the general public.”
“I’m referring to the November 8 election…” Manes said. “There is so much licensed hate right now. And I’m hearing it more often than I’ve ever heard in my life.”
“I fear for my friends. I fear for my friends who are bartenders in gay bars, and they fear for themselves. And some of them have quit their jobs because of this fear,” he concluded.
Listen above, via NPR.
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