OutFront Election Statement
Champions. Justice-seeking activists. Thank you for your vigilance, dedication and steadfast commitment. You inspire us each and every day. It is time for us to grieve, support each other and allow healing in our communities. We must seek resilience in the hard fought efforts to bring rights and protections to all. We recognize that this is a profound movement moment. Although the outcome of the elections was not the one we had hoped and worked for - this is a critical time to come back to the heart and mission of our work in order to continue what we have always known would be a lifelong fight to achieve true social justice and liberation for all LGBTQ people.
“Remember: Oppression thrives off isolation. Connection is the only thing that can save you [us].” - Yolo Akili
With every set-back, we have an opportunity to reaffirm our collective purpose to create a country and state that reflects our values and priorities. We have only been able to achieve transformational social change by coming together. We need to fight for the state and country we want. That means speaking out and working against racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, sexism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and any other forms of oppression that impact so many.
To LGBTQ people of color, native indigenous people, immigrants, people with disabilities and other community members who are disproportionately and negatively affected by our current social and political systems. We see you and we love you.
OutFront’s anti-violence program and legal program are here for you if you need to talk or face violence, harassment, discrimination or isolation.
We know many of our community members and allies are afraid of what this means in regards to our current freedoms and protections in the country and state. We at OutFront Minnesota want to assure you that this outcome will not deter us from our mission. Many of you fought for the current rights and opportunities we have today --- and it is because of YOU that our movement continues to not give up in the face of hate. We will take the time needed to grieve this moment in our history, and renew our resolve to fight together for equity and liberation for all LGBTQ Minnesotans.