It’s been a long week, but today I am celebrating. I hope you are too.

Millions of Americans across the country came together, organized, and voted to say no more to carelessness, cruelty, and dishonesty.

When the democratic process played out, and the votes were counted, the will of the people said yes to putting our nation on a path toward equity, liberation, and justice for all.

An end is in sight to the blatant bias and deceit of the Trump administration. The election of Joe Biden and the historic election of Kamala Harris as the first woman, the first Black woman and the first South Asian woman to be Vice President are thanks to the hard, tireless work that organizers, volunteers, ballot counters, and everyday Americans have put in to make our democracy work. These contributions offer profound hope for me and for everyone who believes in fairness, compassion, and equality.

So I’m celebrating. But I know that today is only the beginning and our work is far from over.

The damage done by the Trump administration – the racist rhetoric and policies that have hurt immigrants, Muslims, Black Americans and so many people of color; the complete failure to address the COVID-19 pandemic that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and livelihoods; the relentless attacks on the LGBTQ community that you’ve helped GLAD fight from day one – this damage won’t be reversed overnight.

And we can’t turn away from the fact that too many in our country were still willing to ignore or embrace the racism, hatred, and authoritarian tactics of the current administration.

This fight was never just about one election. Our work to create a future of true justice continues.

From creating a world with real lived equality for LGBTQ people, to charting a path to true racial equity and justice, today more than ever before we have not just the opportunity but the responsibility to move our country closer to the nation of equals we aspire to be.

Our nation has voted, volunteered, and worked hard for this moment. And with you by our side, GLAD is prepared to work every single day to make sure we seize the opportunity and rise to the responsibility.

Today we celebrate. Tomorrow, we get back to work.

GLAD is ready. Are you with us?

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