LBGTQ2S+ people once again in the election crosshairs - 2019-09-27
When Jason Kenney got elected in April, he came out of the gates swinging at marginalized Albertans. Kenney began by attempting to dismantle the conversion therapy working group that the previous government had convened. He continued — without skipping a step — to pound down protections for students who participated in gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and had been shielded by Bill 24.
Leading up to the 2019 federal election, the LGBTQ2S+ community is once again a focus for political volleying. This has become a familiar and uncomfortable position to be in as our issues are only ever highlighted — or targeted — when it is time to count the votes.
Since the 2016 U.S. election, we have seen high-profile targeting of queer and trans people within the United States and around the world. Donald Trump got elected through a post-recession campaign of fear and alienation, and he made it very easy for anyone feeling disadvantaged or threatened to identify "the other" as the one to blame. It is a historical political tactic of identifying scapegoats that we have seen predictably following tough economic times.