My wife and I woke up to the fact that Joe Biden surpassed 270 electoral votes needed and that it appeared that he was in all likelihood going to be our next president and Kamala Harris our new VP, and the first ever female, first Black and first Asian American to hold that position. We watched television daring to believe these facts for four hours. Then I said, “We need to drive around.” I just felt we needed to celebrate with all of us who have wanted this so badly.
We yanked the lawn sign off the lawn and drove all around Long Beach, honking the horn, as I jumped up through the moon roof in the rain, my wife honking the horn and folks high-fiving us, thumbs up, waving and yelling shout-outs.
Variations of this happened all over the world…people took to the streets dancing, and celebrating the change that they saw happening, the joy of freedom in the air of a new day.
Later that night you can see in the photos that we were joined by my fairy godson and FAR contributor John Erickson, and newly elected West Hollywood City Council member! We cried listening to the speeches and toasted with the glasses from the 2016 election that say, “Made from 100% shattered glass ceiling.”
Yes, indeed, on 11/7/2020 social media made viral the quote, “Make sure to wear shoes, ladies. There’s glass everywhere.”
* all photos by Marie Cartier, except photos with Marie with Biden/Harris sign by Kimberly Esslinger
Marie Cartier has a Ph.D. in Religion with an emphasis on Women and Religion from Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book Baby, You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall (Routledge 2013). She is a senior lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies at California State University Northridge, and in Film Studies at Univ. of CA Irvine.