Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

San Francisco mayor, LGBTs react to Trump victory ahead of protests

President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: The Atlantic)

President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: The Atlantic)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and several LGBT community leaders are reacting to Republican Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race with disappointment as many in the city prepare to march Wednesday to protest Trump’s success.

Protestors will be gathering from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at Castro and Market and at Powell and Market.

“The groups will merge and march,” longtime gay activist Cleve Jones said in a Facebook post. “Be there. #NotMyPresident

Lee acknowledged in a statement that people “are feeling anxious and nervous,” but he said, “San Francisco will remain San Francisco. And the values that bind us together as San Franciscans – inclusiveness, tolerance and compassion for one another – will carry us forward despite this election season.”

He added, “San Francisco will continue to be a beacon of light, a city dedicated to progress, and a leader on issues that have changed the landscape of our country for the better.”

Rebecca Rolfe, executive director of the city’s LGBT community center, stated,

“My heart is heavy today as I struggle to comprehend the election of Donald Trump … We cannot know what was in the hearts of those who voted for Trump. But the election of a man who blatantly lied, twisted the truth, boasted xenophobia and misogyny, and manipulated the public’s fears and insecurities to his own advantage, is heartbreaking. Many of us, particularly women, people of color, queer and trans folks, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, will be directly impacted by the vitriolic and hateful rhetoric that Trump’s campaign normalized.”

Rolfe said that people “fortunate enough to live in California – and especially the Bay Area – will still be deeply impacted.”

The community is obligated “to rally the majority of voters in the country and see that progressive values continue to advance locally and nationwide,” she said.

People need to continue to fight for “the right to equal education and jobs and healthcare and housing,” Rolfe said. “For the right for every one of us to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of who we love, where we were born, how we worship, our gender, race, culture, or ethnicity.”

Roger Doughty, president of the gay, San Francisco-based Horizons Foundation, recalled the moment in 1980 when he heard “with utter disbelief” that anti-gay Republican Ronald Reagan had been elected president.

“This morning I’m reeling once more from horrified incredulity,” Doughty said. “We’ve just witnessed the election of a raging narcissist not only manifestly unqualified but who won largely by calling upon the very worst of America. A man who preaches division rather than unity; who unapologetically appealed to racism and crass nativism; who has built a bitter bridge to the White House on the backs of immigrants, people of color, women, and the poor. A man who plays on fear, while offering no real vision of a greater, better, more just society.”

Trump’s election is “an unambiguous reminder that the road to justice, equality, peace, and simple decency is both long and tortuous,” he said. “We’re still on that road to justice, though the passage ahead right now looks dark. … May you find strength and ways to turn grief and anger into hope and resolve.”

Kate Kendell, executive director of the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights, stated, “By a slim margin, this nation has elected a demagogue who trafficked in bigotry, stoked racist hatred and normalized misogyny.”

Kendell added, “We are about to be tested as never before, and speaking for myself, and NCLR, we will not stand down, sit idle or be silent in the face of oppression, bullying or threat. … Together, we fight on and we fight back. We must harness our grief, fear and outrage and serve justice.”


— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 9, 2016 @ 5:31 pm PST
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