The election results are devastating. The Equality Federation staff and I are deeply saddened today as we grapple with the reality that the country has elected Donald Trump, who campaigned on racism, homophobia, sexism, xenophobia—sentiments based in fear and hatred.
As people who fight for equality and justice, difficult years are ahead of us. But we will not give up. We will continue to build strong, diverse coalitions to win equality in every single community we call home. We will organize like never before. With unprecedented challenges ahead of us at the federal level, our work in the states to keep building momentum towards full legal and lived equality takes on even greater urgency.
We saw in North Carolina, with the defeat of anti-LGBTQ Governor Pat McCrory what can be achieved when we all work together. Equality North Carolina led efforts to build solidarity and strength. That’s exactly the kind of power we need to continue building in the states over the coming months and years.
We need each other more than ever, and we must refuse to be divided as analysts look to focus blame for the results on any of us.
We have your back, and we’re going to need you to have ours. Indeed, everything we’ve achieved, everything we’ve fought for over the past several decades is now on the line—from nondiscrimination in health care to voting rights and immigration reform, and so much more. Please remember to take care of yourself during this challenging time.
With great determination,