Many of us are still reeling from the results of the presidential election. Folks out there are angry and upset. There is justifiable concern that reproductive rights and legal protections for LGBTQ equality may be taken away. People are uncertain about the future, and in many cities, they have taken to the streets in protest.
No matter what, we cannot lose heart. We must continue our fight for truth, equality, justice, and our collective freedom. I believe that ultimately we will win. You should too.
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All Month Long:
Everywhere: Take care of yourselves and others.
Stress can cause real and lasting physical harm. Plenty of us are grappling with what the future of this country looks like for ourselves, our families, and our communities. We cannot overstate the importance of self-care. In order for us to keep the fight for justice going, we all need to be at our best. That means making sure you get enough rest, staying hydrated and fed, and taking time to nourish your spirit.
To get you started on your self-care strategy, I recommend seeking out resources like CompassPoint’s Self-Care Starter Kit. CompassPoint works to help nonprofits build leadership and strategies, but the kit can be useful to anyone. You should also reach out to folks you know and trust if you’re feeling overwhelmed right now. Never hesitate to ask for help or do what you need to do to take care of yourself.
Feeling steady? Extend a caring hand to folks who are feeling incredibly vulnerable right now by supporting the Trans Lifeline. The organization reported a record number of calls from folks seeking crisis support in the 24 hours after election night. You can help this valuable resource save lives by volunteering, donating, or hosting a fundraiser in your community.
This week, there’s a healing event for black folks in Decatur, Georgia, an election debriefing in New York, New York, and we’re looking ahead to a trans Latinx health assessment in Los Angeles, California.
Sunday, November 13
Decatur, Georgia: Meditate, mend, and move forward with Healing for Black Lives.
1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
118 2nd Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
I featured this event previously in the forecast, but it deserves another boost, given how much black folks need healing spaces right now. Rise Up GA is offering free meditation, yoga, and meaningful discussions for the black community, nonblack POCs, and allies who wish to come together for some serious TLC. Preceding the love-in, there will be a rally to lift spirits and voices in the name of moving ever forward together. The event is free, but let them know you’re coming on the Facebook page.
Friday, November 18
New York, New York: Get an insightful rundown at Election Debrief: Reporter’s Roundtable.
9:30 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m.
The Joseph S. Murphy Institute, 18th floor
25 West 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
This election has left us with a tremendous amount of feelings and facts to process. It might help to be in a room with some folks whose job it is to analyze all of this. Here’s your chance to hear from a panel of journalists who will address questions about how race and gender factored into this election, why Trump won, and even some analysis of the primaries that brought us here. The event is free, but you should RSVP.
Saturday, November 19
Oakland, California: Take time to tend to your spirit at Transgender and Gender Diverse Metta Daylong.
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
East Bay Meditation Center
285 17th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
This is an event exclusively for folks who identify as transgender or gender diverse in some way. In preparation for Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is the very next day, the East Bay Meditation Center is offering an all-day course on meditative practices. Whether you’ve never tried meditation or it’s part of your daily routine, this is a great opportunity to explore the practice in a safe and supportive setting with your peers. A little meditation can go a long way to bring peace, focus, and clarity even in the most troubling times. The class is offered on a principle of generosity called Dāna, which means there is not a set price and you can register for free, but they ask that you give a little (or a lot) to help pay the teachers for their time if you can. You can register and/or make your donation here.
Tuesday, November 29
Los Angeles, California: Check up on TransLatinx Health in Southern California.
3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The California Endowment
1000 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The TransLatin@ Coalition will be releasing the results of their Trans Access Report on the needs of the local community. There will be a panel discussion on the report’s findings with a reception to follow. You’ll also get to see some amazing work from Latinx artists and performances by Mariachi Arco Iris de Los Angeles, an incredible LGBTQ mariachi band! All of this is free, but register that you will be attending. Get informed, find out what you can do to help, and have a great time celebrating the transgender Latinx community of Southern California.
Looking at all the work I see being done from the streets to Capitol Hill, I know that we are absolutely going to achieve all our dreams of freedom. To see those victories, though, you need to be taken care of first. Allow others to offer loving support, and pay that love forward to those who need it. Whether that means calling down a storm or bringing out the sun, we need you!