It’s a new day for the LGBT community. Then again, haven’t we been here before? Fighting for our rights. Still fighting for our rights.

The executive and legislative branches of our federal government are now in the hands of elected individuals who approved a Republican party platform specifically including language to eliminate marriage equality:

“… as explained elsewhere in this platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal…”

“We oppose government discrimination against businesses or entities which decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that go against their religious views about such activities.”

As expressed by the platform, this administration has no plans to confront issues of discrimination perpetrated by business owners who deny service to LGBT people.

We cannot assume that the campaign rhetoric is simply rhetoric. We need to be vigilant and proactive to protect each other and our rights throughout the United States.