LGBT Groups Take Up Weapons – level 3

03-11-2017 07:00

The burning of rainbow flags after the election of Donald Trump in the USA and attacks on people at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, have moved some LGBT groups to take up arms.

People formed the Trigger Warning Queer and Trans Gun Club in reaction to the rise of the extreme right. Trigger Warning members say that the group is about empowerment, self-defence, and supporting the community.

One woman said that the groups are ‘acknowledging our fear of a world in which conservatives are the only ones who are armed’. A man said that people think of queer people as weak and defenceless, and this movement pushes back against that idea.

Some activists are wary of creating gun clubs, though. A director of a LGBT group said that arms races cause ‘harm and hurt can come when so many people have arms and weapons’.

Difficult words: rainbow flag (a flag that shows support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual people), arms (weapons), empowerment (becoming a strong individual), queer (another word to identify a person as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual), wary (think that something can be dangerous).
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