When Trump signed in Executive Order #13769, the unconstitutional travel ban, it incited fear among many minorities and questions for the future as to what our president could do to surmount over other groups as well. Though such actions may scare the LGBTQI+ family, we must use our anger and fear to incentivize bold action. Recently, my two moms have taken action to protect me and my family under this new government. My mother, Meg, has decided to adopt me and combine insurance with my other mother, Missy. This step in my family is very important, as are many other precautions we are taking to keep our family safe from all vulnerabilities. These precautions, are very important for all LGBT families to consider if they haven’t already.
This monumental adoption process guarantees us the life, liberty, and happiness everyone should already be granted, but obviously is not currently available in America . Many of you may be wondering, why hasn’t her mother adopted her already? Meg never adopted me before because she always found herself to be my mother. She never found a need to legally obtain that title because, to us, we are just another family among others. Also, Missy, the mother that delivered me, was granted benefits by filing as a single parent. For all LGBT families, I would consider this if you are considering adopting because your child could receive financial aid for college if under the name of just one parent. However, there are many more bonuses for adopting your child as well.
The main reason Meg has recently decided to take official custody of me as well is because I am traveling almost every weekend to swim meets or competitions dealing with Interactive Media Production class. If anything were to happen to me or Missy, Meg, if she adopts me, would be permitted to visit us in the hospital and legally take care of me if an unfortunate event occurs to my biological mother. I apologize for speaking about such a melancholy topic, but as a LGBT family, we always have to think ahead. Although a second parent adoption has a fee of $2,000-$6,000, the protections my parents will have sends the message of protection and love over expense. These two factors, safety and financial stability, is something for all LGBT families to discuss during these next four years.
Another legal consideration my family has to deal with is combining insurance. This monetary focused plan reduces the negative effects of the adopting fee. Thankfully, with this plan, we can save considerable dollars a year in payments. By combining insurances, it develops an easier way to pay, save, spend, and monitor one account rather than two. After simplifying the account, it not only helps financially, but again protects our earnings and makes our life so much easier.
Unlike many other families, LGBT families have to go through many more trials and tribulations just to be safe and happy. I recommend LGBT families especially blooming ones to schedule money workshops and meetings with an understanding accountant to explore your options. Before and after marriage, I encourage couples to communicate and talk about these serious topics even if it’s not always pleasurable, so you can have more time to enjoy life without having to worry about anything.
With the fate of our nation in the hands of our current president, we have the opportunity to save it with safety, love, and awareness, or leave it to inevitable destruction. The definition of a saint is an inspirational person doing little, beautiful deeds in extraordinary ways. In all of us, there are these saintly attributes ready to be put to action to fix injustices we are against. Little to big actions, we can proliferate our kindness by starting a chain reaction of love. Even if you may not believe it, together we can surmount against Trump and all his exclusive rules. Using legal protections, we can fight his ways, leaving him stranded to do nothing, even if those legal protections are just within our own family