Reflections On Last Night’s Election

Last night sucked for me.

I feel that Donald Trump being elected to President of the United States is an incredible loss for marginalized folks, and it’s one that I feel deeply despite living in another country. Because Donald Trump being elected to President means that a large percentageĀ of Americans (in fact, greater than the population of Canada) has said that they are willing to accept a campaign grounded in racism, xenophobia, transphobia, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and religious intolerance. And so I am angry–I feel righteously indignant and I am notĀ calm.

But as I grapple with this experience, what I can say is this: if you feel defeated by last night’s results, I am there with you. I may not be in the trenches with you for the same reasons, but as a gay man, I feel a real loss of hope and love. So I’m sending my love to all of you folks out there who are marginalized by society. Who have had to bear the emotional, mental, and physical labour of advocating for your basic rights as a human being, and are still not heard. I hear you. I love you. And I will walk beside you as best I can.

To our students at Nipissing University who may feel marginalized–that you are not heard, not valued–know that I hear you and I value you. Know that I will advocate for you in the best ways I know how, and that I will do what I can to hold the space for you to speak for yourselves and for your needs. I am not a counsellor and my ability to support you may be limited, but you will always have a voice with me. My office is B210-M, my phone extension is 4241, and my email is aaronb@nipissingu.ca. I am here for you.

If you need support in the coming days, here are some resources:

Student Counselling Services
Located in B210
Phone: 705-474-3450 x4507
Email: counselling@nipissingu.ca

Good2Talk (Ontario’s Postsecondary Student Helpline)
1-866-925-5454

Crisis Line at North Bay Regional Health Centre
1-800-352-1141

LGBT YouthLine (4pm-9:30pm Sunday to Friday)
Phone: 1-800-268-9688
Text: 647-962-0777