Nov. 9th, 2016

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I wrote this over on Facebook:

I deliberately went to sleep last night with no knowledge of who was winning or losing, but that didn't make it any easier when I woke up this morning to a heartbreaking text from my mom: "Words can't express how sad I am at the possible impact the next four years could have on the next 25 years of your life".

I am lucky that the impact, in the short term, will be but an inconvenience for me. But I fear for the impact of the rise of the alt-right on some of my closest friends. My trans friends, who I fear for the safety of. My friends of color, who I fear the increase in the day to day abuse of. The women in my life, who stand to face the consequences as our country travels back in time.

I don't know what happens next. But today isn't the last day that we'll have to face together, and January 20th won't be, either. It's time to redouble our commitments to each other, and to our communities. If you can, give money and resources to organizations that matter. Get to know the stories of the service workers around you whose lives are on the line. Volunteer your time to work in the places and with the people that will be hit the hardest.

The work starts now.

Here's a handful of resources and thoughts that I've collected over the past 14 hours since I woke up. Some of these are a place of hope, some a place of caution, and many are disturbing. Take care of yourself. I've continued to update this in the days after the election. I've also added * to the best things.

Take care of yourselves, your friends, your families. Be there for each other. And then once you have some time to spare, be there for your community.

The work starts now, but it doesn't end tomorrow, or next week, or next year, or even in four years.

"God gave Adam a secret — and that secret was not how to begin, but how to begin again."

          — Elie Wiesel

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