What national organizations are saying about Trump’s victory

Posted on 09 Nov 2016 at 11:41am

rainbow-white-houseStatements from national LGBT organizations usually come in fast and furiously after any event. This morning, (Wednesday, Nov. 9) they’ve been slower.

On Twitter, George Takei said, “The unthinkable happened before, to my family in WWII. We got thru it. We held each other close. We kept our dignity and held to our ideals.”

Queerty ran a very stark headline:

The Next Four Years Are Going To Be Awful. How Awful Is Anyone’s Guess.

Here are some of the organizational responses:

Rachel Tiven, CEO Lambda Legal:

Our beautiful, slowly improving, two-steps-forward-one-step-back country took a giant step backward yesterday.

We lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people made America see love and sex and family differently. In 2004, George W. Bush won the election by vilifying us — and we fought back. We fought back so successfully that we helped elect an African-American president who lit the White House in rainbow, who chose an attorney general who said to the transgender community, “…the Department of Justice and the entire Obama administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.”

And now this.

It hurts. As a woman, a Jew, a queer it hurts that so many people yearn for a white, straight, Christian America that never existed. It hurts that ambition is a bad thing for a woman to have. It hurts that we have made our country a more perfect union, but the racism built into our founding has still not been repealed, and the civil war is still not over.

Lambda Legal will hold the line when our rights are under attack. We know how to fight the government in the courts when the other branches are closed off — we did it in those dark years after 2004, and still we made progress. We will do it again now — and this time Americans know who we are and stand with us.

We will fight back in our beautiful diversity and without compromise. We will fight back as LGBT people of color, Muslims, immigrants and refugees. As my friend Cristina Jimenez, head of the immigration leader United We Dream, wrote early this morning, we are here to stay.

The Trevor Project:

The Trevor Project, like many others, is surprised by the outcome of this year’s election.  We have endured one of the toughest campaigns this country has ever experienced, and we are now facing a new reality.  But despite everything, we know that we have dealt with challenges before, and we have overcome them.  

While today many of us may be uncertain about what’s to come, we must remember that our work does not begin or end with the presidency.  It’s in our families and communities and workplaces.  It’s in our everyday interactions.  This election brought our country’s deep divisions into sharp relief.  More than ever, we need to go high.  We need to understand why so many citizens feel disenfranchised and disconnected from the progress, multiculturalism and optimism we have experienced over the past several years.  We must remember that life is full of struggle and possibility, including the possibility of a future that is much brighter than the one we woke up to.  

Our youth are looking to us to steer the way forward for them.  The Trevor Project has been here for the past 18 years, through thick and thin, saving young lives.  We are committed to playing a leadership role in continuing to make the world a brighter place for our youth.  We are dedicated to protecting LGBTQ and all youth and to proving that every person matters and that the future matters.

The best thing we can all do is to channel our frustration and disappointment into helping to make progress and to being there for each other – and for our youth.  Reach out and tell the young people in your life that you care about them.  Ask them how they are feeling and how you can help them.  The time is now – the future is ours!

Kate Kendell, executive director National Center for Lesbian Rights:

By a slim margin, this nation has elected a demagogue who trafficked in bigotry, stoked racist hatred and normalized misogyny. The election of Donald Trump as President threatens basic principles of human dignity and justice. Many of our most cherished values—inclusion, honoring difference, embracing equality, dismantling oppressive systems — are in jeopardy, but we will not be deterred. This is the moment we are called to resist. 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. This election result is devastating for our nation and especially for the most vulnerable. But we will fight on and will never give up. We must be the ones we are waiting for. Together, we fight on and we fight back. We must harness our grief, fear and outrage and serve justice.


Log Cabin congratulates Trump on his victory

Posted on 09 Nov 2016 at 9:15am

donald-trumpLog Cabin Republicans, the largest LGBT Republican organization, released the following statement on Donald Trump’s victory:

Washington, D. C. — Tonight, America chose change over the status quo, the future over the past, and conservative solutions over empty liberal promises — America chose Donald J. Trump. Log Cabin Republicans extends our hearty congratulations to the President-Elect of the United States!

While we’ve had occasional differences with Mr. Trump throughout his unique campaign for our nation’s highest office, Log Cabin Republicans never hesitated to offer praise when it was due. Mr. Trump’s unprecedented and repeated overtures to “the LGBTQ community” were invariably lauded by our organization, and we look forward to seeing those words turn to action in a Trump administration. We likewise stand firm in our unwavering commitment to working with our country’s president-elect to ensure the historic advances in LGBT freedom we have fought for and secured will continue.


While bigotry won the White House, Dallas stayed blue

Posted on 09 Nov 2016 at 6:47am

Sheriff Lupe Valdez

While progressives around the country are reeling this morning at the news that a man who based his campaign on hatred and bigotry has claimed the highest political office in our country, those in Dallas County can take some comfort in the fact that their county remains a solidly blue island in a sea of red.

Hillary Clinton won Dallas County with 61.13 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat and a Latina lesbian, won her fourth term with a 21-point-plus victory over Republican challenger Kirk Launius, 58.54 percent to 36.62 percent. Libertarian David Geoffrey Morris earned 3.47 percent of the vote, and Green Party candidate J.C. Osbourne followed with 1.36 percent.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in her Oak Lawn congressional office

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Democrat Theresa Daniel defeated Repblican Steven Rayshell, 64.51 percent-35.49 percent for Dallas County Commissioner Precinct 1, while longtime Democratic incumbent John Wiley Price easily won his re-election bid for the County Commissioner Precinct 3 seat, despite the fact that he goes on trial on corruption charges in February. Price, who has been on the comissioners court since 1985, won 67.46 percent of the vote, defeating Republican S.T Russell with 27.34 percent and Green Party Candidate Ona Marie Hendricks with 5.2 percent.

Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson coasted to victory in the 30th District with 77.91 percent of the vote. Republican Charles Lingerfelt managed only 18.96 percent of the vote, while Libertarian Jarrett R. Woods won 2.17 percent and Green Party Candidate Thom Prentice earned only .94 percent.

Johnson has represented District 30 since 1993.


Valdez ahead in early count

Posted on 08 Nov 2016 at 9:03pm

Sheriff Lupe Valdez

Incumbent Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez holds a healthy lead in her race for re-election. With votes in 191 of the 800 precincts counted, the Democratic incumbent has 58.69 percent of the vote in a four-way race.

Republican Kirk Lanius stands at 37.11 percent, followed by Libertarian David Geoffrey Morris with 3.01 percent and Green Party candidate J.C. Osborne at 1.19 percent.

Valdez, an openly lesbian Latina, was first elected in 2004. If, as is expected, she wins tonight, she will begin her fourth term in January.


Rubio has retained his Senate seat; Duckworth flips an Illinois Senate seat

Posted on 08 Nov 2016 at 7:35pm

Tammy Duckworth

After losing to Donald Trump in the Florida presidential primary, Marco Rubio appears to have retained his seat in the U.S. Senate.

But the Democrats have picked up a Senate seat in Illinois with Tammy Duckworth’s win over incumbent Republican Mark Kirk.

Trump has a lead in Florida, but Clinton leads in North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.


UPDATE: Where we stand now

Posted on 08 Nov 2016 at 7:04pm


According to CNN:

UPDATE- Trump looks to be losing Florida

Clinton projected to win Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, District of Columbia.

Trump projected Oklahoma, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Electoral vote count: 68-48, Clinton.

Clinton leads in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, but both are two close to call.



And now Clinton has taken the lead in North Carolina

Posted on 08 Nov 2016 at 6:57pm

with 28 percent of the votes in, Clinton has a small lead in North Carolina. In Florida, CNN says, the vote count seems to be mirroring 2012 in Obama won Florida.



60+ percent of vote in in Fla., and Hillary is ahead

Posted on 08 Nov 2016 at 6:54pm


With about two-thirds of the vote in and counted. Clinton is up 50.1 percent to Trump’s 47.2.

With about 15 percent of the vote in in North Carolina, Trump leads by less than a percentage point.


LifeWalk holds wrap party at Anatole

Posted on 08 Nov 2016 at 3:52pm

LifeWalk chairs Kate Scott and Doyle Carnahan present awards for Best New Individual and 1st Place Individual donor for 2016 to Linze Serrell, center, during the LifeWalk wrap party held on Nov. 7 at the Hilton Anatole. Watch for more coverage in Friday’s Dallas Voice.


City of Orlando buying Pulse nightclub

Posted on 08 Nov 2016 at 3:19pm

In this photo from the Orlando Sentinel, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lays a bouquet of roses at the makeshift memorial to the Pulse victim, shortly after the shooting.

The city of Orlando has reached a deal to buy the Pulse nightclub and will turn the site into a permanent memorial to the 49 people killed and 53 injured when a gunman walked into the club in the early morning hours of June 12 and opened fire with a semiautomatic, assault-style rifle.

The massacre was the deadliest mass shooting committed by one person in U.S. history. The gunman was killed by police.

The city has agreed to pay $2.25 million for the club, and Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel the city won’t be rushing to change the club, which has become a gathering place for mourners — both locals and visitors.

“There are lots of people that are making a visit to the site part of their trip, part of their experience of Orlando, so I think 12 to 18 months of leaving it as-is would be appropriate,” Dyer told the newspaper.

Many of those who have visited the site since the shooting have left behind photos, notes, stuffed animals and more. The Orange County Regional History Center has collected many of the items to preserve them. A black chain-link fence had surrounded the club since right after the shooting. The city removed that fence in September, replacing it with a new barrier placed further back from the road and wrapped in a screen featuring images created by local artists.

The mayor also said city officials will be asking the community for ideas on what form the memorial should take, and that they haven’t ruled out the possibility of leaving at least some part of the site intact — for instance, the roadside sign bearing the “now-iconic” Pulse logo.

Dyer said the ultimate goal is to “create something to honor the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community.”

The sales contract with the city was signed Friday by Rosario Poma, who owns the club with his wife, Barbara. Orlando’s City Council, which has the final say on the deal, will weigh in on it next week. Barbara Pomo opened in the bar in 2004 and named it Pulse in honor of her brother, John, who died of AIDS in 1991.

Below is video from the city of Orlando website of Mayor Buddy Dyer explaining the decision to buy the site: