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By Amber Randall
A Washington D.C. therapist wrote a play examining the fear and lack of safety many of his clients felt after the 2016 election of President Donald Trump.
Psychotherapist Larry Blossom decided to take these real-life events and create a play based on the panic attacks and plans to leave the country that he and his colleagues heard about, the Hill reported Sunday.
The play, “Just Like A Woman,” follows a 16-year-old transgender teenager named Amy as she wrestles with the aftermath of the Trump election and figures out her relationship with her mother, who resembles Kellyanne Conway.
“I wanted people to understand what it might be like to be fragile and be alienated by a larger political system,” Blossom explained. “This play is about being a woman. This is about knowing you’re a woman deep in your heart. I so hope that people see this as an attempt to provide understanding and caring for the transgender community.”
Blossom wanted to make the lead character in his play a trans person because they are the most threatened today, he explained to the DCist. Writing plays in general helps him to be a better person and to understand how people feel, he added.
“I think [writing plays] makes me a better person, and I think it makes me a better therapist. When you look at each character at such a deep level and even let yourself kind of be that character for awhile, you see that image in your head start becoming real. It feels like you understand the world better, and helps you connect with compassion,” Blossom told the DCist.
The election of Trump caused people to do some bizarre things in reaction to it. Some women decided to cut off their hair to protest a Trump presidency. (RELATED: Venezuelan Women Cut Off Hair To Survive While Feminists Do It To Protest Trump)
“The election results felt like an attack on minorities, women, and marginalized people in general. Having long hair was my attempt to fit into society, so after the election, I felt a need to exert my ‘uniqueness’ and not tie my femininity to the length of my hair,” Dr. Kristian Henderson, who took out her weave, said.