Fighting for What is Right Will Always, Always Be Worth It

By Freedom for All Americans • November 9, 2016 • 2:44 pm

Editors’ Note: Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe sent the following email to our supporters today, responding to the 2016 general election results. 

I know that for so many people in the LGBT community, today is a challenge, one marked by anxiety and stress and fear – and uncertainty about what will happen next for our country.

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This afternoon President Obama underlined a vital point about what needs to happen the day after an election. “We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”

There is no doubt in my mind that full, comprehensive protections ensuring that no one faces discrimination because of who they are or who they love is what’s best for this country. Millions across the nation agree – and it is our role to push ahead on every front, no matter what.

There has never been a challenge that the LGBT movement has not been able to overcome. At countless moments in the history of our movement, the odds seemed so insurmountable that it felt like we could not persevere. I know for many of you, this feels like one of those times.

Nothing about last night’s election changes the collective power of our movement. The results may present new, unanticipated challenges – but we are not going anywhere, and our resolve is not weakened. The LGBT movement has always held our elected leaders accountable for their actions, for their choices, for their statements, for their failures, and we will continue to do that.

Just last night we saw that North Carolinians rallied against the discriminatory HB2, which cost the state millions of dollars and thousands of jobs, and now Governor Pat McCrory, who pushed the shameful anti-LGBT law, is on the brink of defeat. We saw Oregon choose a bisexual governor, making Kate Brown the first openly LGBTQ governor ever elected in the United States. We saw every incumbent Massachusetts legislator who voted for full transgender protections retain their seats.

Yes, there will be challenges – and right now, our movement is assessing these challenges and determining the pathway forward. We are working with our state and national partners to determine what lies ahead.

Our nation will push forward, and I am grateful that you are in this with us. Fighting for what is right is always, always worth it.

Let’s get to work,
Matt McTighe
Executive Director
Freedom for All Americans


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