Thousands of Bay Area residents came out on the streets to protest the election results that declared Donald Trump as President of the United States. Protestors marched down from Market Street to Castro with chants that varied from “Trump says get back, we say fight back!” and “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA!”.

As over two thousand people marched down Market Street, a few hundred gathered in the Castro at a vigil at Harvey Milk Plaza. A space for queer people of all stripes and people of color, who are devastated from the election results.

Hundreds stood in silence embracing each other often breaking down as they came to terms with what they considered a day of mourning for progress in America. We spoke to some of them about their experience and how Trump’s presidency impacts them. Here are their stories:

Rebecca Troeger and Linda Campos work as student advisors and they stood together at the vigil in Castro:” I am an immigrant so I can’t believe that America is can disregard racism this way, so indifferent to racism,” Campos said, tears rolled down her eyes as she spoke about her fears about Trump’s presidency. Troeger who stood close by added: “We both work as student advisors and deal with international students. I have been crying all night and recovering from shock. I feel like I am still coming to terms with what happened, I have students who are really worried and scared about their future. I want to be able to help them but we don’t know what the future holds.” she said. 

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Alex Garcia is an immigrant from Mexico; he stood in the crowd with a “Please Donate to homeless, now helpless Trump haters” sign in his hand. Garcia broke up with his girlfriend with whom he has a daughter: “I am not scared of going to Mexico I am from there anyway the only thing I am scared about is that I am not going to see my daughter for a while.” he said. 

Krista Stone is an attorney. She stood by the pole on her own  with candle in hand. Stone grew up in the South and was clearly shaken by the election results: “I thought it was important to come out and be with people. We are going to need to be together for the next four years more than we ever have before, and tonight is a good place to start. So we are here together, tonight we mourn and tomorrow we fight.” she said. 

Taylor Terry is a student at University of San Francisco. She was accompanied by her friend Marissa Jasso. Like thousands of young students Terry came out on the streets to protest the election results. A group of young people gathered around the vigil to speak about the electoral process: “I think I am here to stand up for the people in a sense that Donald Trump didn’t win the popular vote but he still won the presidency. It’s ridiculous that the electoral college is even still necessary and prevalent and can change an election so drastically that man shouldn’t be president,” Terry said. 

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Marissa Jasso is a student at University of San Francisco. Jasso’s father works as an immigration attorney and she understands the fear and uncertainty amongst the Latino community after Trump was elected president: “I am here in support of female Latinas because my dad is an immigration attorney … people are scared and he tells me this and I am sacred for them because I can’t say a 100% … that it’s going to be okay cause it might not actually be. Even though I am not personally scared of going to Mexico thousands and thousands of people are and I want them to know that I am standing in solidarity with them.” she said. 

All photos by the author. 

 

  • Turk B.

    …hey dems…isn’t there something else you can name after your hero and icon willie brown?…build apts for real people…no…safe schools for minority children…no…stop place from killing brown people …no…have a party for a tired ass has been?…yes…you guys are really something …a pox on all your houses..

    • palvaro

      coward

      • Turk B.

        …yawn

    • Ragazzu

      The pox will soon be on the White House, coward.

  • MKR

    The United States is probably going to be a tough place to live for the foreseeable future, but not necessarily forever. The main problems facing this country are health care, education, and infrastructure as well as income inequality. These problems were all caused by the boomer generation and they are not going to be the ones to fix it. The United States needs a single payer health care system and the temporary measures like the ACA are insufficient. Our educational system is a horror story for poor people, and will continue to be that way while local property taxes are used to fund schools. And you would have to at least double the minimum wage to start to have any income equality, and I don’t think that would have even happened under Hillary Clinton.

  • Don Sebastopol

    If someone is here legally they have nothing to fear.

    • Ragazzu

      Are you completely ignorant? There have already been a spate of hate crimes committed against US citizens of color and females—some school children—in the three days since the election.

      Maybe white males have nothing to fear, if they only care about themselves.

      • Don Sebastopol

        That has nothing to do with immigration policy. The fear of being deported.

        There was a White Trump voter beaten up by Black thugs. That was a hate crime.

        http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/us/oregon-protest-riot/

        There are rioters injuring police and destroying property. This kind of behavior is one reason Trump was elected.

        http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/us/oregon-protest-riot/

        • Ragazzu

          No, sir, you wrote, “If someone is here legally they have NOTHING to fear.” (Caps mine.) You never mentioned you only meant being deported.

          Obviously, all violence must be condemned, as the majority of protestors certainly do.

          • Don Sebastopol

            I was commenting on the specific fears expressed in the article:

            “I am not scared of going to Mexico I am from there anyway the only thing I am scared about is that I am not going to see my daughter for a while.” he said.

            Jasso’s father works as an immigration attorney and she understands the fear and uncertainty amongst the Latino community after Trump was elected president: “I am here in support of female Latinas because my dad is an immigration attorney … people are scared and he tells me this and I am sacred for them because I can’t say a 100% … that it’s going to be okay cause it might not actually be. Even though I am not personally scared of going to Mexico thousands and thousands of people are and I want them to know that I am standing in solidarity with them.” she said.

          • Alucard_the_last

            No they don’t. They do nothing to stop it or condemn it. Silence = Acceptance.

        • Alucard_the_last

          Exactly. The American people, as a whole, are too simple to care about economics proven by the fact that the Kardashians are famous however it was the thought police, pc-thugs, BLM, the Michael Moore’s and the media that deified their movement is what tipped people into Trump’s camp.

      • Alucard_the_last

        Are you completely ignorant? My friend was from France and I didn’t even know he over stayed his visa. One day I went to his house and his roommate told me he was deported. He wasn’t even allowed to get personal items. Illegal isn’t a race, you fool.

    • Do Something Nice

      Really? LGBTs have nothing to fear when Trump says he is considering appointing Supreme Court justices who will revoke same-sex marriage?

      LGBTs have nothing to fear when Trump says he will revoke every one of Obama’s executive orders?

      • MKR

        The Supreme Court really doesn’t go back and reverse decisions made, because that could have broad implications for many other decisions and could cause catastrophes within the legal system.
        The problem will occur if Trump attempts to implement Voodoo economics 3.0 after the first two attempts resulted in economic disaster and the third attempt could essentially bankrupt the United States government. That is going to hurt everyone and it won’t matter if you are gay or straight

        • Do Something Nice

          Oh gee, maybe you never heard of the 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick decision, reversed in 2003. Oh and Trump supporters are saying he’s not really anti-gay, he was just doing it to get votes. And yet his appointment say otherwise. What can we learn from history? This was in the NY Times in 1922:

          “But several reliable, well-informed sources confirmed the idea that
          Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not genuine or as violent as it sounded, and
          that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch
          messes of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic and in line for a
          time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be
          employed efficiently for political purposes.”

          Sorry, I’m not taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to Trump.

          https://boingboing.net/2016/11/11/hitlers-only-kidding-about.html

          • MKR

            A lot of people are planning on leaving the US – if you can speak English you can get a job almost anywhere in the world teaching English. Don’t count on Canada – they really don’t want Americans right now. Some of the poorer countries of Asia, South America and Europe are places that will take Americans, but if you are gay there you are probably better off keeping it to yourself.

          • Do Something Nice

            Again, we WILL fix this. Nobody is going to have to leave.

          • MKR

            If you are serious about wanting to fix the problem you need to realize why the people in the rust belt, the upper midwest and Ohio voted for Trump and it’s not racism, sexism or homophobia. Its poverty.
            Obama did not end poverty in America. Neither did Bill Clinton.Trump went to these towns with shuttered factories, high unemployment, desperation and drug addiction and told them he would force companies like Apple Computer to build factories in the US and not China. He said he would slap high trade tariffs on US companies with factories overseas.Will he actually do this? It remains to be seen, he is already retracting a lot of what he said during the campaign.
            Of course other countries can retaliate and impose tariffs on US exports abroad, which amounts essentially to a trade war. Prices could go up across the board, Sure Apple might have factories in the US but if a new computer costs $20,000 no one is going to buy it.
            The last time the Democrats had a strong majority was when FDR passed the New Deal. But sometimes things have to be really bad before they get better, and that may be what we see. All I really know is that his economic plans could result in gross devaluation of the US dollar which I think it could be a good time to buy gold if you have any money.

          • Do Something Nice

            Yes, I know quite well why Clinton lost. Among Trump voters are these groups: 1) Hardcore establishment Republicans, 2) those who could not bring themselves to vote for Clinton, 3)those who have suffered because of the last 30+ years of economic policies that eroded the middle class and favored the wealthy and finally, 4) those who are racist, sexist, xenophobic or sexist.

            Clinton needed to expand her idiotic campaign beyond ‘Trump is a pig’ (which is certainly is) and ‘think of the babies.’ Adopting much of Sanders platform with all the sincerity of ticking something on a checklist probably worked to get most of Sanders’ supporters, but it failed to get anyone who was undecided and suffering, especially since there wasn’t a lot of messaging about it.

            But also, Comey skewed things too.

            You talk a lot about Democrats, and I mostly agree, but you do not mention that Republicans have made things worse for the poor and middle class. FYI, I was a ‘hold my nose and vote for Clinton’ voter, because I was voting against Trump.

            Interesting that the dollar seems to be creeping up in value. Trump just said that same-sex marriage has already been decided. But his transition team lead is rabidly anti-gay, as are many on his team, including Pence.

            Maybe Trump is trying to roll back the rhetoric. Buy by doing so, he is going to get clobbered by his supporters.

          • MKR

            It depends on how crazy the Republicans in Congress act and whether or not the senators go along with everything Trump wants. If he actually succeeds in implementing Voodoo Economics 3.0 we could see a situation in which the US does not have enough money to meet its obligations and essentially becomes bankrupt. But I think probably every economist on the planet is telling him this, it depends on whether or not he listens

          • Don Sebastopol

            Where is the evidence that Trump said anything anti gay?

        • Do Something Nice
          • MKR

            There are a lot of places in the world where gay people are given equal rights and legal protection, there are many other places where they are not. The influence of the Catholic church and Islam has had more influence than the government in some countries, both of these institutions teach that homosexuality is simply wrong, no compromise should ever happen.
            Like I said, no one knows how this is going to play out but I think many Americans would favor a military coup over the present situation.

          • Do Something Nice

            What are you babbling about? You disagree with me and I provided evidence that I was right. Nobody should leave – everyone should stay and fight.

          • MKR

            You are not a Constitutional law professor and neither am I. The Supreme Court usually does not reverse STRUCTURAL decisions that have had broad implications on every other decision made over the last hundred years. Provided evidence that you were right about what? Everything you are trying to prove is way too complex to be proven on a site like this. You’re not proving anything at all, just talking hypothetically.
            If the worst happens you will have a lot more to worry about than your marital status believe me

          • Do Something Nice

            Mr Know-it-all, have a nice day.

      • Don Sebastopol

        Show me one Trump comment that was anti gay. Before he reversed himself It was Obama that was opposed to gay marriage. Where were then. What executive orders concerning gays will Trump revoke?

      • Alucard_the_last

        It’s not that simple and Trump said he would leave it alone..thank God.

        • Do Something Nice

          Last night he did. Before last night he said he was considering selecting justices who would overturn same-sex marriage. And it doesn’t matter what he says – it matters what he does.

          Right now, his transition team is like the All-Stars of gay hate. That speaks volumes.

  • MKR

    People in California have to stop acting like they are the only ones who didn’t vote for Trump and they are the only ones who are upset. People all over the world are scared and upset. Calls to the national suicide prevention hotline were at an all time high after the election and they weren’t just coming from California .
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/health/election-crisis-suicide-prevention-hotlines/

  • Turk B.

    …the sooner we get rid of the dems…the better..dump them ALL…now…and “labor leaders” too…completely worthless.

  • Charlie In SF

    How soon will it be until there are refugee camps along the Canadian border?

  • MKR

    It is entirely within the realm of possibility that we will have a military coup in the United States which would not necessarily be a bad thing. the only government institution people trust now is the military. If the Septuagenarian reprobates running the government attempt to devalue the US dollar such that it becomes near worthless the generals will come in and forcibly remove the President and Congressional leaders from office and restore order. I think if you did an legitimate poll about 75% of Americans would support this idea.