Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is a big deal

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Kamala Harris holding a microphone with a USA flag in the background
Vice President elect Kamala Harris

Editor’s Letter

Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam Martino
Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam Martino

I was sitting in my living room when I got the news that the United States of America had just elected Joe Biden to be the President and Kamala Harris to be the first female, Black, Indian-American Vice President. Finally, the long suffering under the Trump presidency and administration is almost over, especially for LGBTQ people, dreamers, and anyone who was not what they considered to be “like them.”

Well, I am not like them, and I cannot say with certainty that I will ever forgive the people that I know that voted for racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, and all the other horrible things they stand for. I do not have the need to be that forgiving. I was not put on this earth to make people feel better about their shitty decisions.

But all is not lost. There are some big things to celebrate. We have a new president, and more importantly a bi-racial woman has been voted in as vice president. To me this is the biggest thing that has ever happened in an election. It was so big I didn’t even know how to celebrate, but I started with champagne and moved on to talking to friends.

One of my friends said: “My reaction was one of near elation! Over 100 Years ago, women finally got the right to vote. NOTE: we were not “GIVEN” the right to vote, many people worked, bled and DIED for this to come to fruition. It took this long for a woman to be elected to one of the major positions. Maybe the Equal Rights Amendment really will pass during my lifetime. I have a T-shirt, vintage 1978 which has the text of the amendment on the front. Things of this sort should NOT take this long!”

Another said: “I think about my grandma and how she would’ve felt if she could’ve only seen this. She grew up in Jim Crow, Florida. In 1870 after the Civil War Blacks got the right to vote. It wasn’t until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified that women got the right to vote, and because of voter suppression and Jim Crow laws, it wasn’t until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act passed, that women of color could openly practice their right to vote. Seeing a woman and a woman of color almost made me tear. My grandmother never thought in her lifetime that she would see a Black President, or even a woman in an office near that. She saw Barack Obama, but if she could’ve seen Kamala, it would’ve been priceless.”

So as I wait for our new president and vice president to move into the White House, I will sit here sipping champagne and hope that democracy will reign true and prove that in the end there is more good in the world than bad.

Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! Cheers, Queers!!!

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Maria Sammartino (aka Sam Martino), is a writer and artist for over 15 years. Maria started at Out In Jersey as the news editor in 2009, and shortly thereafter became the Editor-In-Chief. She has been published in the Philadelphia Gay News, The International Journal of MS Care, and other publications. Maria goes by Sam Martino because she believes that women are never given a fair shot - and doesn’t want her art or her writing to be judged based on her sex, but on the merit of the work.