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Welcome to the Resistance


This is the beginning of The Advocate's new column that will keep tabs on the day-by-day resistance movement against Trump.


Living in Donald Trump's America seemed like a far-off nightmare. Until it became reality.

But now we are in it. Day one was shocking, as this Twitter moment shows. The hate-crime attacks. The race-fueled verbal attacks. The vandalism. The fear.

This is not "the new normal." And here at The Advocate, we are following in The New York Times' Charles Blow's footsteps. Count us as part of "the resistance" he signed up for in a column after Trump's win.

From now on you can trust us as your source for resistance against Trump. As an LGBT publication, we believe in advocating for the rights of LGBT people. We will not stand behind a president who has threatened to take away our hard-earned rights. We will not stand behind a vice-president who believes in conversion therapy for LGBT people. Mike Pence hasn't only said he would take away the rights of LGBT people, like Trump. He has shown us that during his term as governor, he did take away the rights of LGBT people in Indiana.

There's no time to wait around and see what happens. We're going to cover Trump resistance news here each week.

So what's going on in The Resistance this week?

DAY 1: Trump Becomes the President-elect
(This isn't how it was supposed to end.)

A collection of tweets from day one of the president-elect's term that show the hate attacks fueled by Trump's bigotry.

Women lined up to put "I voted" stickers on Susan B. Anthony's grave on election day. (New York Magazine)

Bare-chested Anti-Trump protesters showed up at Trump's Manhattan polling place. One of the women had "Hate Out of My Polls" written on her chest. They were escorted out by police. (New York Daily News)

DAY 2: Hillary Clinton Wins the Popular Vote
(But she's still not our president.)

Protesters upset over Trump's victory unite all over the country. "Not my president!" they say as they march. (The Advocate)

Bernie Sanders says he is prepared to work with Trump (if he is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families).

President Obama: "Give Trump a Chance."

George Takei offers advice for dealing with Trump trauma. (The Advocate)

High school students all over the nation walk out of their schools in protest of Trump's victory. (The Intercept)

Hillary supporters started a petition addressed to the Electoral College, asking it to give the presidency to Clinton because she won the popular vote. The petition has more than 3 million signatures.

DAY 3: Trump Steps Into the White House
(Not quite officially yet. He just got a tour of his new digs.)

A Hollywood executive rushed to marry her female partner over fear that Donald Trump's presidency could take away LGBT rights. (The Hollywood Reporter)

A group formed in California that is pushing for the Golden State to secede from the nation. Members are calling their movement #Calexit, in reference to Brexit. (Los Angeles Times)

Senator-elect Kamala Harris makes promise to defend immigrants against Trump. She called his plan to build a wall "absolutely unrealistic." (Los Angeles Times)

DAY 4: Hundreds of Anti-Trump Protesters Arrested
(Trump called the protests "very unfair!")

Nearly 200 people were arrested in a third consecutive night of protests in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

In Portland, Ore., 26 people were arrested after protests got out of hand. Local police declared a "riot." Peaceful protesters blamed the violence on anarchists and distanced themselves from them. (The Advocate)

Do you follow Shaun King on Twitter or Facebook? King's feed has been the go-to source for keeping tabs on hate crimes fueled by Trump.

Masha Gessen, the out Russian journalist, gave us rules for survival. Gessen, who left Russia to escape Vladimir Putin's regime, knows what she's talking about. (The New York Review of Books)

Michael Moore wants to start an Occupy-like movement to protest Trump (Los Angeles Times)

Sen. Harry Reid says that if Trump is serious about uniting the nation, he must accept blame for using hate and bigotry to fuel his campaign. Winning the electoral vote does not absolve Trump of the sins he committed against the country, wrote the senator.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, "We're not going to take anything lying down." He vowed to take action against anything Trump does that could be a "threat to New Yorkers." (New York Magazine)

Immigrant laborers from North Carolina: "He can build a wall, but we'll just build a tunnel." (The Atlantic)

California Gov. Jerry Brown: California "will protect the precious rights of our people." (The Sacramento Bee)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "We stand up and fight back." She spoke to Rachel Maddow, and the whole segment is worth a listen. (MSNBC)

Bernie Sanders authored an op-ed titled "Where the Democrats Go From Here." Worth a read. (The New York Times)

Secretary Clinton spoke out for the first time since her concession speech. "When you're ready, I hope you will get up and back in there and keep fighting," she told her campaign staff. (The Huffington Post)

A Date With Destiny
(A.K.A. where to find protests happening in your city.)

Los Angeles: March Against Trump
San Francisco: Dump Trump
New York City: Tell Trump We're #HereToStay

It's OK to Laugh
(Don't let Trump take that away too.)

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Yezmin Villarreal

Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.
Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.