“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept” - Angela Davis
As the harsh reality of the 2016 election results sink in there are many of us who look in the mirror and think ‘how did a candidate who ran on a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic ticket end up as President-elect?’ Many of us fought the system and continue to do so: whether it was Eisenhower’s Executive Order in 1953 disallowing homosexuals to work for the federal government, the oppressive Briggs Initiative, Clinton’s DOMA, Reagan’s denial of the HIV/AIDS crisis, or the murder of our trans siblings of color in disproportionate numbers. There are others who perhaps for the first time, find themselves called to action. Either way it’s time to challenge homonormative complacency and the false comfort the breadcrumbs of marriage equality brought, to reassess and recommit in order to resist these multiple structural and personal oppressions.
The time for talk is over! The time for action is now. Let’s not go back or find ourselves forced back into the closet. Each of us can make a difference in our own unique ways – reach out to the Center and join our flourishing volunteer team – become part of the solution in solidarity against this bigoted backlash.
So! Now what? Our motto here at The Diversity Center is building an equitable community where LGBTQ+ people thrive. We will continue and recommit to providing and creating not only safe space for our beloved community, but also an environment of dialogue and action, where we unite shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with one another. This is an opportunity to get honest with each other and to look toward members of our Family, who have been fighting these oppressions for generations.
It’s at a time like this that we MUST have the difficult conversations around misogyny, racism, sexism, trans, Islama- and xenophobia. We no longer have the privilege of ignoring the elephant not just in the room, but now in the White House … we have to sit with the discomfort of it all, look into each others eyes, speak from our hearts, actively listen, and engage not only in dialogue, but direct action.
The Diversity Center is here to support those whose voices have been silenced. We will not be silenced – we are even more determined than before – we will continue united and unbowed – we are proud of who we are and what we represent – love, acceptance, and justice.
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” - César Chávez