Last night I, along with millions of Americans, sat in shocked silence as a deep-fried Cheeto was elected to run our country. Some celebrated, but many grieved for a country that seemingly let them down.
As the electoral votes inched closer and closer to 270, the rights of every minority group in America came under fire. A man who has built his platform on hatred for anyone that is different, for anyone that isn't a straight white male, is in charge of our country, with a man who believes in conversion therapy as his vice-president.
I could sit here and list all the things I personally dislike about our new President-Elect, but we all know exactly what has happened during the course of this joke of an election. We know what has been said, what has been done, and everything in between. So what do we do?
We hope. We hope that the hatred that regularly came out of his mouth over the course of the past months was just a ploy to get him votes. We hope that there is no reason for everyone to be scared right now. We hope that we will not have to fight for rights that we have been fighting for for the past 60 years.
For all my friends that are scared, I am here for you. For all my friends that feel that their rights may come under fire in the wake of this new Presidency, I will fight for you until I can't fight anymore.
Now is not the time for hatred. Now is not the time to be divisive. Now is the time to come together as a country, to unite, to stand together and protect those we love most. Answering Trump's hatred with hatred for each other will not solve anything, to create the America we truly want, to make America truly great, we must come together as a people and protect the rights of everyone who feels threatened in this very moment.
Do not lose hope, friends.
"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore