Mike Pence had a rough night at the theater last night. It wasn't as rough as Abraham Lincoln's night at the theater, but it's worth mentioning.
Pence went to see "Hamilton" on Broadway, and as he headed to his seat, fellow theater-goers booed him. After the show, cast member Brandon Dixon addressed him directly, saying, “We, sir, we are the diverse America, who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights."
Now, reports The Huffington Post, the #NameAPenceMusical hashtag has Twitter users offering up Pence-ified versions of classic musicals, and boy are they good. My favorites:
--Bigot and the Beast
--Joseph Isn't Allowed To Wear His Technicolor Dreamcoat In Public Anymore
Here we are, 10 days out from that awful, no good, very bad Election Day. Since that day, there have been over 700 incidents of harassment around the country, reports the Southern Poverty Law Center, with 80 of those being anti-LGBT.
It's mourning in America.
In his recent interview with "60 Minutes," president-elect Donald Trump surprised everyone when he described same-sex marriage as having been "settled" by the Supreme Court. The matter is "done" and he's "fine with that."
He wasn't fine with it during the campaign, saying he would "strongly consider" appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn marriage equality. Is he lying now? Then? Does he know?
Today we learned that Trump wants Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. The Alabama senator consistently earned zeroes on HRC's Congressional Scorecard, due to his penchant for voting against LGBT rights every chance he got. The Advocate reports that in one session he zoomed to an HRC score of 15 out of 100 because he voted to confirm a gay federal judge. I can only assume some bad Senate bean soup that day put him off his game.
Did I start by saying it was a terrible Election Day? Yes, the top race had a ghastly result, but there were positive results as well. Oregon became the first state to elect an openly LGBT governor by choosing bisexual Kate Brown. It looks like North Carolina has dumped Gov. Pat McCrory, he of HB2 infamy, for Democrat Roy Cooper.
But McCrory is now claiming voter fraud. His campaign says dead people voted. That could be--I'm thinking a bunch of deceased transgender folks, angered by Gov. Bathroom, came back to flush McCrory away.
Like so many, I'm mired in grief and shock at Hillary's loss to The Donald. But that won't stop me from spitting out a few thoughts:
--I'm not moving to Canada.
--The last time I was this upset following an election I was 17 and Ronald Reagan had clobbered Jimmy Carter and I feared imminent nuclear annihilation. So far Trump has annihilated decency, and we'll see what else he gets his short fingers on in the months to come.
--I strongly suspected that Melania was going to divorce Donald minutes after the election. Now she's stuck with him.
--If I were any sort of a business person, I'd start printing "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Hillary" bumper stickers.
--I called my 81-year-old mother this morning, and she said, "I feel like I've lost my country." I responded, "That's how Trump supporters felt." We've heard much about the economic fears of Trumpians, but I believe the cultural fears were just as important. Many Americans didn't recognize their country after a black president, a female presidential candidate, gay marriage and transgender people being spoken of, let alone given rights. As commentator Van Jones said, this was a white-lash. And it's given the rest of us whiplash.
--Remind me. When's his rape trial?
--This statement from the leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights pretty much sums up my feelings about Trump and where we go from here:
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.
--This morning I spotted in my living room a spider with at least 45 legs and a body the size of a Subaru. It would've been easy, maybe even cathartic, to smash the hell out of it, but I took it outside, a small but conscious act of kindness that seems called for right now. Of course, if the spider returns inside, all bets are off.
--With life promising to get harder for all minorities, it's especially incumbent on the LGBT community to continue to build and maintain bonds with other groups. We must be a united front against a common orange enemy, and his supporters, the orange drops.
--Again, I'm not moving to Canada. It's a lovely place and I have Canadian relatives who would make me welcome, but I choose to stay and fight. Please join me.
Did you see, courtesy of the all-day live feed from WROC in Rochester, N.Y., the thousands of women, children and men who stood in line to visit Susan B. Anthony's grave on this Election Day? The line was so long you might've thought the Macy's Santa was at the end of it.
These pilgrims took pictures and left their "I Voted" stickers on her grave. One of millions who watched the feed on Facebook, I thought about Anthony's bitter fight for women's suffrage and how this day represents, in the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, the culmination of Anthony's struggle. This was a day for pride and gratitude. And weepiness.
We'll never know whether Anthony was, as some historians believe, a lesbian. After today, though, we know something else noteworthy: she remains a powerful symbol for many. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was unpopular, but Anthony herself is gold.
When Steven Hotze of Conservative Republicans of Texas spoke last weekend at the anti-LGBT Stand4Truth conference in Houston, he told his audience that "the homosexual political movement" has "infiltrated" America.
"Think of them like termites," he offered, "they get into the wood of the house and they eat away at the very moral fabric of the foundation of our country." Destroying America's moral fabric was always Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's plan, he explained.
So I'm a communist insect. That'll spice up my resume.