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Leah Kate
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Tree hugger, bird watcher, pacifist, feminist, LGBTQIA+ ally, amateur yoga instructor, singer, musician, songwriter, author, American Idol enthusiast, and Muppet fanatic. I also have Asperger's syndrome and love improv games. Fandoms include Pokemon, Disney, Marvel, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and the Hunger Games. I enjoy a good walk in the woods or trip to the beach on nice days. No need to thank me for llamas, just give me one in return and that will be thanks enough.

I didn't sleep too well last night. This was a bad week for me to run out of melatonin, because I couldn't turn off my brain last night, no matter how hard I tried. I stayed up later than I would have liked, comforting friends who are terrified of the man we must now call our president and what he is capable of doing, especially with the House, Senate, and (soon) Supreme Court dominated by his party. My whole family is disgusted by this. Too often I accuse my parents of not having enough faith in humanity, but now I struggle to hold onto my own. The good people of the world were apparently either ineligible to vote or scared away from voting/made to feel like their vote didn't matter. I am sad, I am angry, and I am beyond surprised. But I'm not going anywhere. There are too many stories that must be told in light of these events, and I will continue to tell them for years to come. And you will be the first to see them, as always.

As much as I'd like to run away and hide in Canada until things get better, my people need me. And there are a lot of "my people." I may not be visibly disabled, but the disabled community is still my people, and I will stand by them against a president who makes fun of us. As a woman, I will not stand for a country where a qualified woman loses out on her dream job because an unqualified man wants it, too. And I'm not just talking about Hillary; thousands of women across the country know what this is like. It makes me fear for my own job prospects, especially in my field. How is a wildlife biologist supposed to protect endangered species when the leader of her country doesn't believe that their biggest threat (climate change) is even real? I have been a member of the UNH Alliance for three years, and most of my close friends are gay, trans, or some variation on them. All of them are terrified of losing the rights they have worked so hard, and are still working hard, to secure from our government, and I am scared with them. During my undergraduate years at UNH, I met a young Muslim woman who is one of the most intelligent and kindhearted people I have ever known. And now she has reason to be afraid of her own leader, her own neighbors, because now more than ever, she could be blamed for the world's problems and harassed or even attacked for wearing a hijab in public. If any of you think this is okay, go ahead and un-follow me now.

I will not stand for this. I refuse to give up hope for the country that my grandparents came to after Italy had been torn apart by World War II, to make better lives for themselves and eventually their son. My aunt came here from Uganda for the same reason, but now I'm afraid she will lose the services she depends on for food, and I especially fear for her two young children, growing up in an America where black lives still don't matter as much as white lives. If anything good can come out of this, it's that I am renewing my commitment to making the world a more just and peaceful place. I'm not running. I'm not hiding. I'm applying to law school and diving head first into this ugly society to fight for its most vulnerable, even if it means taking on the President of the United States. Yes, he will only be president for four years, eight at most. (Please, God, don't let it come to that!) But last night has proven that at any given time, the most vocal racist, sexist, selfish, arrogant blowhard among us can come into power. We must be ready to fight in the coming years, and every time someone like him rears their nasty head. And it starts today.

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Renzo1991 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
Thank you for the Llama:)
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LeahLovesNature Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
You're welcome. :D
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
:iconheartsignplz: Thank you so much! :iconforyouplz: :iconflowerthnxplz:    Yellow  Day by plumita1
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PrincessScissors Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the llama!!!Llama Emoji-49 (Mah Yummy Fud) [V3] 
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LeahLovesNature Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
You're welcome. :)
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ratinrage Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: thanks for the :llama: :)
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LeahLovesNature Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016
You're welcome. :D
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Axelly Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Thank You for the llama!! :3
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LeahLovesNature Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
You're welcome. :)
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