I was hoping the nightmare would be over today, but it’s not. It’s just beginning.
I’m not giving up yet, but honestly? I don’t know how I’m going to continue to survive. I don’t know how many of my friends will make it. I am terrified for all of our safety, especially the most marginalized among us.
I am from the southern border, and I have lived, literally, right on the site of a historic battlefield. I’m genuinely concerned that kind of violence will happen again. I’m terrified for my Mexican-American nieces and nephews (by pretty-close-to-marriage) growing up in this kind of environment, and all my Latinx friends.
I’m scared for my Muslim friends, my Native friends, my Black friends, my Asian friends. It will undoubtedly be much worse for all of you, and I will do whatever I can to support you. It may not be much, but at least know that I care about you, and I hope you are safe.
As a queer woman, as a (highly visible) survivor already struggling with PTSD… I just don’t know. My country has just told me how much they hate people like me, shown how utterly unconcerned they are about electing a person who openly brags about sexually assaulting women. I have to go on, but I don’t know how. I truly thought we were better than this.
I have no survival plan, because how can you possibly prepare for something like this? I will figure it out day-by-day. I have no idea how this is going to play out long term. For the moment, I’m staying put, I’m laying low. I’m grasping at whatever comfort I can. In nine days, Pokemon Sun & Moon will come out, and that is the only thing I can look forward to right now. It isn’t much, but it’s enough.
I’m not okay, and I don’t know how to be okay, but maybe one day I’ll get there.
I hope that you will manage, too. Reach out. Do whatever you can.
List of Suicide/Crisis supports in the USA:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800-273-TALK (8255)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Online Chat
- Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
- The Trevor Project (LBGT+): 1-866-488-7386 (also available by chat and text)
- Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
- RAINN provides both an online hotline and a national telephone hotline 1.800.656.HOPE (also available in Spanish)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
- List of Warm Lines by state
- Resources for Ace Survivors offers a peer support network, here’s the FAQ. Please keep in mind that this is not nearly as immediate as the options listed above, so if you need urgent help, try one of those first.
- We also have some local affiliated organizations, including a new one (in Iowa this time), but this got out ahead of our announcement. It may take us some time to get our bearings, because I think we are all pretty overwhelmed, and most of us have been for a while now. I will work on getting some of this sorted out soon, but right now I desperately need to go take a nap.
Also, here’s a list of calming sites/activities in case you’re looking for something like that.
Comments are closed on this post because I am not opening myself up to gloating trolls, but there are other places you can reach me.