I recently asked activists and friends to share with me who they will be thinking of – who will be on their minds and in their hearts as they vote in person or by mail. Then, I asked myself the same question.
I’m going to be thinking of a few people, including a scrawny six-year-old arriving at JFK on a cool Spring morning so many years ago. Check out my very first passport photo! That little girl, who didn’t speak a word of English, sat scared, looking out of the airplane window and wondering if and how she could fit into this new world.
No matter where you were born or what language you speak, your vote is so powerful and can shape not only your life but the lives of millions. I will be voting for the kid I once was and for every Latinx, immigrant, or queer kid in this country who has been made to feel like they don’t belong.
Who will you have in your thoughts and in your heart as you vote? And what actions are you taking in the next weeks to get out the vote?
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*Guest post by Monica Trasandes, Director of Programs, Spanish-Language and Latinx Media at GLAAD