LGBTQ Millennials On What It's Like Being Queer In Trump's America

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For queer Millennials in America during this year's Pride, it's impossible not to have politics on the brain. Now, you shouldn't let it ruin your Pride — in fact, it's so important to be out celebrating in the current political climate, but we can't ignore what's going on. So many people have felt angry, confused, and scared as queer folk in Trump's America. There's something about not only this administration, but the fact that people in this country elected this president, that has a lot of people feeling vulnerable.

"All the business with bathrooms? That's stuff I think about daily," Adam Powers, who created the Tumblr "Why We're Afraid" tells Bustle. "The idea that the people who think my identity is illegitimate, or almost worse... is what allowed Trump to win keeps me up at night."

So while we're out there celebrating and dancing and enjoying, let's not forget why we need to be doing that. We're still dealing with a political climate the removes protections for the queer community, that continuously marginalizes minorities of all kinds. And to get a feeling of exactly what it's like out there, it's important to pass the mic and give queer folk a chance to share their side of the story.

Here's how real LGBTQ millennials feel under Trump, because for some the fear is very real:

1Ami, 27

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2Molly, 32

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3Sonia Mohammadzadah, Youth Activist, Advocates For Youth

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4Jarryd, 25

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5Jeremy, 27

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6Zoe, 30

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7Cal, 31

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8Helen, 32

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Everyone's experience is unique, so there's no one way an entire queer community is going to feel. But hearing it straight from real LGBTQ Millennials shows just how much this administration is affecting people. So enjoy Pride, but don't forget why we need it.