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Donald Trump may be the next president of the United States. Then, it became real.
This was the anxiety expressed by LGBT folks on Twitter, who despaired as Election Day reached its end and no winner had been declared. Clinton campaign chairman headed to the podium and sent home the candidate's supporters, saying they'd have nothing more to say on Tuesday night. Election parties everywhere had already started to disband, some in tears.
But things did not look good for Hillary Clinton. The Democratic candidate, who had been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign and a majority of LGBT voters, trailed behind Trump, who surged in an unexpected upset.
In response, members of the LGBT community expressed disbelief, blame, and bewilderment at the possibility of a future under a President Trump.
\u201cThe unthinkable happened before, to my family in WWII. We got thru it. We held each other close. We kept our dignity and held to our ideals.\u201d— George Takei (@George Takei) 1478668680
\u201cIt must be a very painful existence for the women who hate women\u201d— Clea DuVall (@Clea DuVall) 1478673666
\u201cI know it's hard right now, but tomorrow is a new day & we have more to fight for, more work, more relationships to build, more \u2764\ufe0f to spread\u201d— Gabriel Blau (@Gabriel Blau) 1478673114
\u201cFor those who are keeping track at home, I've burst into tears eight times tonight.\u201d— Mari Brighe (@Mari Brighe) 1478674280
\u201cWTF America? You really want an openly racist, sexual assaulting orange monster that doesn't believe in climate change to be our president?!\u201d— Gus Kenworthy (@Gus Kenworthy) 1478674330
\u201cOne can't help but wonder where we might be today if MTV had never invented reality TV. #real_world\u201d— Jay Brannan (@Jay Brannan) 1478674455