It’s a difficult and confusing day for millions of Americans, as we look for which direction to head in now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating constitutional protections for abortions.
While it may seem like a helpless situation where we can do nothing, that’s far from the truth. Leaders across the country are speaking out about what kind of actions we can take and what kind of reactions are most appropriate (the rioting kind), and that includes queer leaders.
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Here’s what some of the brightest leaders in the LGBTQ+ activist and celebrity communities are saying on Twitter about today’s decision and what steps we need to take next.
Activist, writer, former Out editor, and organizer Raquel Willis tweeted that “This is not the first time institutions have failed us and it won’t be the last,” along with a link to national abortion funds. She also shared a message about taking the day to grieve.
Nonbinary actor, activist, and And Just Like That star Sara Ramirez agrees. They also said that it’s okay if you need to rest up before the big fight. And we’ve got a really big fight ahead of us.
Chase Strangio, one of the leaders in the fight for trans rights in America, reminded us that access to abortion isn’t just about this one issue, but about bodily autonomy and everything related.
Abolitionist, organizer, and activist @PrisonCulture is remaining hopeful in the face of violent oppression. “There are ups and downs in struggles for liberation,” they tweeted. “Today’s overturning of Roe is a down. It’s a setback, but it’s not a permanent one. People will continue to have abortions and the struggle for reproductive justice goes on.”
They also listed practical steps that people can take to fight back, writing: “This moment demands that you stay focused, that you find your people, that you process your feelings, that you take action, and that you embrace life in all of its fullness. See you in the arena.”
Writer and activist Roxane Gay had similar sentiments, saying that it’s time for the fight to start, not to end.
Lesbian pop singer Hayley Kiyoko expressed her rage and grief over the decision, saying she’s “sick to her stomach” about the decision, and promising to “FIGHT LIKE HELL” to get our rights back.
Native writer Kelly Lynne D’Angelo has a bunch of ideas for actions that we can take in response to the court decision. She wants the film industry to stop shooting in states with laws against abortion, she wants lawsuits against states with restrictive access, and she wants progressives to make laws protecting abortion just as extreme as the ones banning it.