Letter to my son on the election

November 10, 2016

I want to leave you a better world than the one I found but with the recent election it does not look like I can’t. As your father in addition to caring for you I’ve enjoyed sex and worked on behalf of the gay and lesbian community. I’m very proud of the way you’ve made a life and come into your own. My proudest moment as a gay American was the day I was driving with friends from New York to the first gay march on Washington and we passed bus after bus of jubilant gay men and lesbians headed to the march. By the time we were in the outskirts of DC there was a steady line of buses. I’d never seen that many a strong and determined people like me and I felt for the first time that I was part of a caring community. That has changed and today I fear for my safety as a gay man and worry judges in the South will refuse gay marriages because there will be no one in DC to stop them.

America just elected a dangerous man as our president. I won’t go into the litany of why he’s despicable but what keeps me up at night is Republican control over the Supreme Court, the sole protector of equality. The new president will fill the empty seat with a hard right judge and that will put our rights at stake. I can’t be certain of our national security in the next four year so my larder is stocked in case a conflict reaches our shores and I urge you to keep your spare change in cash and real estate.

For the next four years we must hold the people we love and never give up hope we will live to see better days. The best thing we can do is be examples. In this election California did all the right things, so while the rest of the country sinks into depression with the new president’s policies California will stand tall as an example of how to do it right. Our best way to deal with the next four years is for each of us to keep on living and stay involved in politics of whatever kind like the arts I’ve tried to provide for you and I will always be here for you.


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