I want to write letters to those in my life, split over this write and the next two.
To my friends,
I am very proud of you. I am amazed with the breadth and depth of your response to this horrendous election. I have seen those people who do not often post on Facebook, come out with beautiful diatribes, full of understanding and an acknowledgement of just how bad it could be.
I have seen the beginnings of a new movement burst into life, fresh and full of energy. I used to be skeptical of the power of the Internet and social media sites to create full social movements with power, participation, and enthusiasm, simply because we simply do not have many years of the internet to look at the history of how social movements interact with it. But the last few years have shown me that it is simply not the case that a social movement can’t form on the internet and take flesh in real life. I have seen you do it. I have seen you take your convictions to the streets, willing to protest and potentially even be arrested for the sake of a social movement and be willing to come to the aid of any person from a marginalized minority, even to the point of physically fighting to protect them.
To my fellow queers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities: you are astounding! Your reactions have galvanized me and my conviction to be visible as a queer person. I will support you, whichever path you take in regard to this presidency – going back in the closet, retaining you outness as is, or step any further out of the closet. I cannot choose for you – if you think it would be safer for you to retreat, I will give you whatever support you need (short of large sums of money – I am limited in that regard) to remain the safest, sanest, and most secure during this time.
To my friends who voted for TOWSNBN: I hold you responsible for protecting the rights of your minority friends. You elected him – now, hold him to, at the minimum, basic standards of human decency, to genuinely make this country great. I don’t care why you voted for him – it simply does not matter.