First I want to say: to my dear friends and family and colleagues and students, queer, immigrant, poor, Muslim, Jewish, Mexican, female, black, brown, disabled, and more: I love you, and I have your back.
Everyone I see is struggling. A few resources to get us through the day:
1. As they say at Another Round: drink some water, take your meds, call your person. In other words: take care of yourself. Take care of your loved ones. Connect with community.
2. Our first and vital act of resistance is to remain. If you are struggling today:
Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Trans Crisis Hotline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ+ Hotline: 866-488-7386
Or TEXT Crisis Line: text “GO” TO 741741 (texts))
3. Many organizations are ready for your time, your money, and your requests if you need help. Here are a few. Feel free to add more in comments below, and remember to find your local orgs as well.
– Lambda Legal (nationally) and GLAD (regionally) have a long and effectively history of advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, specifically and strongly including transgender people.
– The ACLU is our go-to for voting rights.
– CAIR is the Council on American-Islamic Relations. It comes highly recommended from Muslim activists I follow online.
– Good journalism is going to be vital. If you can, subscribe to your preferred source. NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post have done good work at various times this year. Not everyone can pay for content; if you can, why not buy someone else a subscription?
– Planned Parenthood.
– Showing Up For Racial Justice, a group organizing white people specifically to do this work.