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Some thoughts on Inauguration Day

Amy Leibowitz culture current events politics

I’m not usually one to post about politics here, outside of things of specific interest to the LGBTQIA+ community. Writing queer stories is political in itself, but I’m speaking here about United States national politics.

Today, however, is different. As a queer, culturally Jewish person, there’s a significance to the end of the previous presidential administration. It’s both terrifying and exhilarating. It’s a relief to have a change in power, but it’s also quite scary to see what the other side can do. It isn’t over; we have to keep on top of it.

My heart is heavy. I’ve had to end relationships when it’s become clear that “reaching across the aisle” doesn’t go both ways. Although I may be somewhat of a pessimist, I do genuinely try to give people the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, if the last four years have taught me anything, it’s that my first impressions have almost always been the right ones.

There is good news, though, and going forward, I want to focus on that. The best news I’ve heard was about Biden’s choice to nominate Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health. When so many things have been hard, especially in the last year, this is a welcome announcement and cause for celebration.

Wherever you are today, may you experience hope in the changes to come. And may the next four years see the sunshine come out from behind the clouds.

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