Donald Trump and Mike Pence are the two highest ranking politicians in Washington. Sadly, they are also two of the most bigoted men in the United States of America. Trump is undeniably a white supremacist, and an Islamophobe. Pence is homophobic and a misogynist.
Nikos Giannopoulos was named Rhode Island’s ‘teacher of the year.’ According to custom, he received a photo opportunity with Trump in the Oval Office. He decided to ‘have a little fun’ with our illegitimate and bigoted president. Mr. Giannopoulos is a member of the LGBTQ community, and struck a whimsical pose while holding a black fan to his face.
“Bold, Gay Teacher Of The Year Photo Bombs Donald Trump With Fan,” was HuffPost’s first headline () after Giannopoulos posted the photo on Facebook on Thursday and quickly amassed thousands of shares.
“A fierce pose,” wrote the Daily Mail.
Mr. Giannopoulos is a special education teacher at Beacon Charter High School for the Arts. His response:
“The issue with being openly queer is our existence is constantly politicized,” he said. “They never stop to think: Oh, maybe that’s just who I am.”
The LGBTQ community is besieged by the entire Republican Party in support of the Christian religious right, and Pence is their leader. Whatever Mr. Giannopoulos’ intention, I found the picture humorous and somewhat refreshing. There are so many white, straight men in the White House, it is refreshing to witness a member of the diverse population of our nation allowed inside the front doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
I just hope that this incident doesn’t damage the close relationship between Trump and Pence.
Please re-post; thank you.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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