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It’s been tough deciding what to write about falling so close to Thanksgiving. November hasn’t been an easy month for many and the drama of the election seems set to roll into December. I’ve been trying to focus on the words my husband said a few days after the election as we were recording our podcast for the following week.
“There’s a line in Angels in America: ‘The great work begins.’ Once you’ve got your shit figured out and you’re safe. You need to start your great work because the world needs it now more than ever. Please don’t be intimidate by the word ‘great.’ Your great work can be anything. You need to figure that out for yourself I can’t tell you what your great work is going to be. If you want to join up a political action committee and start marching in the streets. That’s awesome. You do you. If you’re a queer person of color who is a really good baker, then you bake the best batch of cookies that you can and you take them to your local senior center or veteran’s rec center and you sit down, and you share those cookies and you hear their stories and you tell your story. I would recommend that everyone listening, that once you figure your stuff out, get ready to do great work.” (If you want to hear all that Will had to say, it’s in the first ten minutes of Episode 58 of Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast.)
I agree with Will wholeheartedly on this. We’re going to have to spend the next four years making sure we’re all safe from this new government that’s been elected. And it’s a wide variety of people that need to be looked after: LGBTQ+ citizens, persons of color, immigrants, those of non-Christian faith and any one else that’s targeted by this administration as a second class citizen unworthy of equality. Will noted the work can take many forms and I’m not sure it’s clear just yet what the needed work is, but we must be ready to spring into action when we see the government trying to enact laws that are harmful and mean-spirited.
Part of my great work will be to continue to write, especially books that reflect the world I want to live in (which might be different from the world that actually is depending on how things sort out over the next four years). I also will do whatever I can to support LGBTQ+ youth. I fear for them coming out of this election, which was filled with so much hate rhetoric. We can hope that the young people will rise up, band together and take action to make sure their voices are heard. The reality, however, could easily be they feel they must retreat deeper into the closet and, even worse, take their own life. We cannot allow that to happen.
I suspect I’m preaching to the choir here. However, I hope you won’t simply not your head in agreement. Take Will’s advice and figure out your great work. We all have something we can do to make the world, or at least a corner of it, a better place. If you can, let people know what you’re doing, too. We need to change minds in this country so that, collectively, we never make it okay for people who believe bigotry, racism, homophobia, sexism and violence are acceptable behaviors to attain positions of power again.
About Jeff AdamsJeff Adams is the author of the Hat Trick series of young adult/new adult stories. He’s also the author of several m/m romance shorts. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the rural peace of Northern California. Besides writing about hockey in many of his stories, he covers the Detroit Red Wings, and reviews books that feature gay hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com (http://www.PuckBuddys.com). You can learn all about Jeff’s writing at jeffadamswrites.com (http://www.jeffadamswrites.com/). You can also follow him on Twitter @hockeyguynyc https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc). and sign up for his email list (http://eepurl.com/7TJC9) to get the latest updates.
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