Our democracy was always intended to be an ongoing, collective effort to live up to our nation’s promise as a “shining city on a hill,” an exemplar of diversity, liberty, and justice. The Founding Fathers believed in the power of the vote as a cornerstone of our society. They understood that to move toward a more perfect union, we must all engage in the democratic process, using our voices to shape our shared future.

The Queer community is a testament to the beautiful diversity that makes America unique. From every corner of our nation, we embody a myriad of identities, experiences, and perspectives. When you step into any queer space, be it a local bar, a place of worship, or a community center, you’re greeted by a kaleidoscope of humanity’s vast tapestry. Each individual’s queerness is a strength, representing a piece of the vibrant mosaic that is America.

As we embrace non-binary thinking, younger generations are fostering an authenticity that defies traditional confines and encourages self-expression. Our collective evolution serves as the foundation for a more equitable future—a queer renaissance ready to blossom.

To bring this future to fruition, we must wield the power of our votes. We can influence policies, advocate for representation, and effect change by participating in elections. Remember, change is not only a possibility—it is a certainty driven by our collective actions.

Challenging the status quo means daring to dream of a nation that acknowledges and cherishes all identities. The welcoming spaces we’ve created within our communities should be reflected in our larger society—where every voice is heard and every identity validated. The power to shape our world lies in our hands, or rather, in our votes.

The ‘American Dream’ should not be a privilege for the few but a shared vision of prosperity, respect, and acceptance for all. The time is now to rekindle our belief in this dream and transform it through collective action. In the face of escalating national anxiety due to climate change and misinformation, we must be the change we want to see.

Let us once again embrace the belief in the possibility of change and the power of collective action. Let’s uplift those silenced by oppression and inequality. Remember, your vote is your voice. Use it to shape a more inclusive future. Whether voting for change, equality, rights, or running for public office, the power of your authenticity can drive an authentic queer liberation movement. Only then will we build a nation that genuinely represents us all.

By: Harold Marrero
Chief Operating Officer

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