#DrewsViews: Whatever it Takes

by Drew Adams

On my dinner break at work, I sat a few tables away from a middle age white man and his son, who could not have been older than 13. The son was complaining about something one of his friends said. I didn’t want to eavesdrop, so I didn’t pay attention to the two. What the dad said next made me tune in.

The man said to his son:

“Liberals are a bunch of idiots”

“Their logic makes no sense, all they know how to do is scream about Obama.”

“It’s offensive to me that there is an all-girls club.”

“Democrats will lie, cheat, steal, and even murder.”

“They are going to cause another civil war.”

And his son, A CHILD, said:

“Yeah, I’m glad the gays and trans people are on the other side. You know you’re on the right side when the other side has people like that.”

The dad laughed,

“Yeah. Liberals will do whatever it takes to get their way.”

“Whatever it takes.”

That man said a lot of things that were far from correct, but he did get one thing right:

We will do whatever it takes. I mean, not murder, theft, or any crimes like that, but we will do whatever we can do and whatever we need to do.

We will do whatever it takes to:

  • Protect LGBTQ rights
  • Protect women’s rights
  • Protect the rights of minorities
  • Protect the rights of immigrants
  • Protect the rights of people with disabilities

We will do whatever it takes to help the people in this country who need it, and to make this country a better place.

Whatever it takes.

About the Author:

Drew Adams is a transgender high school senior from Ponte Vedra, FL, who is committed to LGBTQ advocacy at the local and national levels. He serves as his high school GSA’s president and raises money for Northeast Florida’s LGBTQ youth outreach, JASMYN, to which he also donates food, toiletries and school supplies. Nationally, Drew serves as a youth ambassador and advocacy volunteer for The Trevor Project, a youth social media ambassador for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and a Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for Point of Pride. On the legislative side, Drew lobbies for the Equality Act by visiting with his Congressional representatives and their staff.

Additionally, Drew has spent years fighting to change his school district’s bathroom policy to be trans-inclusive, and the fight is still ongoing. Drew is an International Baccalaureate student and a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic, and he hopes to go to medical school and become an adolescent psychiatrist specializing in transgender health. For fun, he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, creates sculpture art and plays the piano.