There's so much to say and yet we don't have the words. As the results came in on Tuesday night the weight of the fear, hatred and distain for what is deemed "other" in this country became too heavy for many of us to bare. We sit today, still in shock, reflection, mourning, and wondering how far and long the consequences of the 2016 election will be felt.
In the coming weeks, there will be an endless amount of think pieces, "where do we go from here" webinars and, calls for unity. None of us have the answers now but, as we venture into a new realm of our movement for dignity, life, love and liberation; one thing is clear -- we must continue to live, be and organize boldly and unapologetically. Compromise is not an option.
Now is the time to be steadfast, disciplined and unwavering in our values and our commitment to hold one another. Many of us feel the instinct to find a path forward and figure out how to make the best of the results of the election. No one wants to stay in a place of hurt, frustration and fear -- however real and righteous those feelings are. In this moment its important to remember that moving too quickly to solutions and compromise most often lead to shortcuts to "equality" or progress that leave folks on the margins out and cement in systems that we already know are killing us.
Instead of searching for a silver lining in this ugly mess, we are holding fast to our demands for something much more -- a vision for life beyond the status quo, a vision for LGBTQ Liberation. The call to be free from the gaze of heteronormativity, white supremacy, patriarchy, and christian supremacy in this country is part of what sparked the backlash that is flourishing today. People who were born, raised and still live under the privilege of being normal or a "traditional American" have seen a new normal begin to take shape, and are frightened at the prospect of that means for their lives. Politicians from all parties took advantage of that fear and used it to try to restore and fortify their own political power.
Now is not the time to questions our personal value, assimilate into the status quo or shrink from who we are and have always been. Now is the time to remember our truth and where our power comes from. We will get free and be free. We will love and protect each other. We will queer the world.
While Tuesday was a resounding endorsement of the status quo, white supremacy and male dominance, it was also a reflection of the power and the potential of our movements to dismantle these systems of oppression. This definitely isn't what winning feels like but this could be what social evolution and revolution looks like. If you're reading this and still looking for a way to be a part of the growing movement for all of us to get free, Join US! We need you.
Hold fast loved ones. Take care of yourselves and each other. We love you. We got you. We got us. Lets Get Free!
In love, solidarity, and liberation,
-Angela, Jerssay, William, Kristina, and Adrian