Queerly Depressed 

Dear Minerva,

I'm worried. It feels like this country is going backwards in LGBTQIA rights. There is so much going on, even in Chechnya with the slaughter of gay men. It makes one wonder what one can do, especially as just one person. Any advice for this disempowered citizen?


Queerly Depressed

Dear QD,

Many people share your feelings of anxiety and helplessness in the world right now. The situation in Chechnya is one that is both frightening and almost unimaginable in 2017. The waters of acceptance and tolerance in our own country and here in Idaho have been choppy as well. I personally have encountered more people willing to flagrantly harass me. I truly believe that while it feels like we're backsliding, what we are really experiencing is people finally throwing their "privilege tantrums." The world is like a big grocery store and these haters aren't getting the the toy they want, so they throw a fit. The hatred is not new. What feels new is this sort of "renaissance of hatred." I would encourage you to remember there is great power in continuing to be yourself. Your everyday activism—showing up and being involved unapologetically—does so much. I think we are on the verge of a real breakthrough, and all those people stuck in the Dark Ages will fade away. Hatred is a disease and it dooms people to fates worse than death. They will fade into mediocrity while their ignorance will vouchsafe their irrelevance. Love will prevail.

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