I’m not going to tell you how to think. I’m not going to tell you how to feel.
What I am going to say is to not forget the person standing next to you. They may need help. They may need a hug. They may need some time.
I get that. I do. You may even be that person. If so, please stand closer so we can stand with you.
I also say we need to remember what we’ve been fighting for all these years. A society we can all feel good about. A place for everyone. A place where everyone gets an education and healthcare. Where they can love who they want to, regardless of gender or race. Where they are reaching for the stars and can actually grasp one.
We will be there to build that society. We have to be. I don’t have children but perhaps you do. I will be here to help build that society for your children. I don’t have grandparents but perhaps you do. I will be here to fight for their continued health. I am not gay but you are. I will battle for your rights.
I will try to be sympathetic and listen to the hurts others are experiencing and in turn, I hope they hear me.
That is what I have. Hope and a Commitment to you. I will stand with you as I will stand for you. It’s what I can offer to you now. That promise. *hugs*