On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States along with Kamala Harris as the first woman and the first person of color to hold the office of Vice President. Although politics as a rule does not make any appearance in our newsletter, it would seem almost disrespectful and inappropriate not to mention this historic day.
As seniors, we have seen a lot of changes take place in the world. Its interesting to reflect on changes in all forms of technology from telephone technology to ordering our groceries with the click of a button, and we’ve been lucky to witness to it all. But this, this was a day we only dreamed about. A President who respects and will fight for our community and the rights our community won in hard fought battles. A President who chose not only a non-traditional Vice-Presidential running mate, but has also nominated Dr. Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary for health in the department of Health and Human Services, in a move that could make Levine the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation (NPR.org;) We have a President that can restore the ground we lost over the past few years.
Many in our community breathed a collective sigh of relief on January 20. Many collectively felt hope restored. Many cried tears of joy during the inauguration (especially at Lady Gaga’s rendition of the National Anthem)/ My personal hope is we can begin the healing process and try to mend the divide in this country. Let us remember to be kind to everyone; no matter what side they may have been on; the world needs good examples of what it means to be a kind human being. Let us be leaders in all communities; let us help our nation mend the hurt and the wounds. Let us remember to stay active in our never ending quest for equality, for recognition that love is love and that we as seniors and members of the LGBTQ+ community are first and foremost, citizens of the greatest country on earth.