As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected, scores of queer celebrities, allies and icons, as well as top LGBT+ rights groups, took to social media to celebrate a bright new era.
Relief rang out Saturday (November 7) after Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the US, and Kamala Harris became the first woman – and first Black woman – elected to the vice-presidency.
The news brings four abhorrent years of Donald Trump leadership to an end, cementing his bitter legacy as a single-term president. The result was a stunning repudiation not only of the Republican’s torrent of anti-LGBT+ policies, but an embrace of Biden and Harris’ hope for change.
The mood lifted like steam from a teapot. Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga cried, while Billy Porter did what he does best.
Cynthia Nixon and Cher jumped and cheered.
Jonathan Van Ness screamed and laughed with delight while Antoni Peroski could not stop shaking.
Michelle Visage, the sharp-tongued RuPaul’s Drag’s Race judge, captured the sense of hope that a Biden triumph will no doubt imbue.
Pete Buttigieg sent a simple congratulations.
Sarah McBride, who this week became the first transgender person to be elected to a US state senate, shared a personal story.
LGBT+ rights groups were also quick to celebrate.
GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement: “The results of this presidential election affirm that every vote and every voter counts. LGBTQ people and all marginalised Americans came together to make this victory possible, and now the journey to safety, equality and acceptance can continue forward.”
“Now is a time to come together, for the sake of our country and the most marginalized among us. Ending the public health crisis of LGBTQ youth suicide will require urgent action,” added Sam Brinton, vice president of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project.
“From increased investment in specialized services for LGBTQ youth to comprehensive policy reforms at the federal, state, municipal, and school district levels to protect youth from the harms of conversion therapy and discrimination.
“We look forward to working with the new Administration and Congress on these issues, and to continuing our bipartisan work with legislators across all 50 states.”