Get Busy Winning (Advocate)
One of my favorite truths about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is our ability to find opportunities to triumph in the face of adversity. For those who have been panicking about this month’s election returns, take a deep breath. Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.
There were losses, to be sure, the effects of which will be felt for quite some time. There were also great wins, many of which have opened up new opportunities for significant and meaningful gains for LGBT people in the next 12 months: over a dozen new and returning pro-equality governors in critically important states, legislative heroes like Iowa Democrat Mike Gronstal and New York Republican Janet Duprey, and over 100 openly LGBT elected officials from city councils to the U.S. Congress.
And when we review the oft-maligned mood of the electorate, it is worth fully understanding that the political culprits of this year’s electoral upheaval were government spending, health care reform, and a feckless response to the economic crisis, not the country’s hostility or ambivalence toward equal rights for LGBT people. On the contrary, survey after survey has shown the American people are on a steady trek toward fully equality for gays and lesbians.
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