I've lost some Facebook acquaintances due to the 2016 election here in the United States. Disagreeing with them has led to some deletes, but no blocks as of yet. I am sure I am not alone. Many friends have posted "If you support Trump, delete me now." I think that may be going a little far, I mean we can agree to disagree up to a certain point, right? Then we can delete.
It seems that some LGBTers are going a little further than deleting and have physically threatened fellow LGBT citizens that happen to be Trump supporters.
It’s not OK to be gay, and also support Donald Trump — that’s the overwhelming reaction from more than 900 people who commented on a Wall Street Journal video of a young couple at a Trump rally posted to Facebook earlier this month.
The Journal’s interview with Dewey Lainhart, 31 years old, and his fiance Cody Moore, 22 years old, at Mr. Trump’s rally in Cincinnati on Oct. 13 has gotten around 200,000 views.
In the video, Mr. Lainhart says he works in the steel industry and shares Trump’s skepticism about multilateral trade deals. He says, “It’s time for a change, and Trump’s the man for it.” He started a Facebook page in support of the candidate called “LGBT for Trump.” In the past, he says he has supported the Democratic-leaning gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign, which in January endorsed Hillary Clinton.
Most of the comments ridiculed Messrs. Lainhart and and Moore for supporting Mr. Trump — calling them “rednecks” and suggesting that someone should “take away their gay card.” – wallstreeetjournal.com
Mr. Lainhart says he excuses Mr. Trump believing gay marriage should have been left to the states because his candidate now considers the issue settled by the Supreme Court’s decision. He says he doesn’t like the record on gay issues of Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, the Indiana governor who signed a law allowing businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians.
“I’m not voting for the vice president. I’m voting for Trump,” he says.
Since the interview was published last Friday, Messrs. Lainhart and Moore say they have received death threats from gay people warning them not to leave their house or go to any gay clubs. One message to them, they say, told them to drink bleach.
The video didn’t include the men’s names, but a gay activist blog called Back2Stonewall identified them, and linked to both men’s Facebook pages. The post about the couple suggested that readers reach out to them directly to tell them that Mr. Trump would annul their engagement and “take away their civil rights.”
Mr. Moore says the two subsequently received hundreds of hateful messages, including some threatening physical violence.
Will Kohler, the gay activist behind Back2Stonewall, says the men should have foreseen the possibility they would be recognized. – wallstreeetjournal.com
Head over to the wallstreeetjournal.com for more ont his story where Lainhart says he is not worried about the threats since he carries a gun and where they debunk the "privileged white guys" comments,
What are your thoughts?
Should they expect to be treated as such in the United States? The gay community?
Do you feel it's okay to put them down for their presidential choice?
Have you had heated debates with fellow LGBTers about this election?