The fight begins anew

We are all very disappointed today. Donald Trump will be our next president. We congratulate his campaign on its hard fought win, although of course we would have wished for a different result.

We thank Secretary Hillary Clinton for her valiant run for the presidency and for her decades of advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ Americans. Our country will be better because of it.

We congratulate SAVE-recommended candidates Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as SAVE Action PAC-recommended candidates Mayor Carlos Gimenez, State Senator-elect Jose Javier Rodriguez, State Rep.-elect Daisy Baez, State Senator Rene Garcia, State Rep. Holly Raschein, State Rep. David Richardson, North Bay Village Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps, Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin, Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick, and Wilton Manors Commissioners Tom Green and Julie Carson on their pro-equality wins last night! It was a huge win at the local level all-around! We also wish Robert Asencio good luck in his recount in HD 118, where he leads.

However, although the presidential race did not end how we would have liked, now is the time to come together as a community to chart the path forward.

That path must include respect for all, even those we disagree with. The election result has laid bare the fact that a number of Americans feel ignored and made invisible by their leaders and by their culture at large -- and when this is the case, we all lose. This state of affairs cannot continue.

We must redouble our efforts to reach out to and understand those who believe that last night's result is the right direction for our country, and we must continue to engage in dialogues about why a path towards dignity, respect, and equality for all will benefit all Americans.

We won't give up. We will continue the steady march toward full equality for all Americans. We will fight tooth and nail to end conversion therapy in Florida. We will continue to work with lawmakers to pass workplace nondiscrimination protections. And we will start pushing to reform our system of electoral districts and how winners are determined to ensure a fairer and more transparent electoral process.

Don't lose perspective: we will all be fine, as long as we do everything in our power to make sure Americans band together to stop whatever proposals may threaten our communities. Make no mistake. If the Trump administration tries to roll-back any important protections for the LGBT community, we will be vocal in opposition and keep you advised of any developments.

But you must promise never to give up -- because what goes around comes around, and history tells us that election results swing wildly from one cycle to the next. The next one will be one we can celebrate, so long as we stick together.

It's tough, but we will live to fight another day -- we guarantee it. We can't thank you enough for your support.

Tony Lima, for SAVE

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