A few friends, some oysters, and a lot of Ketel One were Rand Hoch’s day-after-election hangover remedy.
But the president and founder of Palm Beach County Human Rights Council was back at work the next day. Aiming to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, he quickly planned a meeting with Army veteran and newly elected Republican Rep. Brian Mast, who represents the Treasure Coast.
In fact, the more he thought about it, the more Donald Trump’s election galvanized Hoch’s plans to make a local impact.
“Since the LGBTQ community cannot expect much progress on the national level and, for that matter, on the state level, we must focus our attention at the county and municipal levels,” he says. “Ultimately, Washington, D.C., will see what is happening on the local level on civil rights and perhaps finally get around to enacting legislation.”
From Palm Beach to the Keys, activists working on LGBT issues, social rights, and economic justice have quickly traveled through all five stages of grief in the wake of Trump’s election. New Times spoke to some of them to find out how they’ve coped — and how they plan to continue fighting under Trump.
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