Tonight I had the honor of being in the audience for Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce show at Town Hall. It was a magnificent show, as to be expected. I can speak more about that another time.
But when the transcendent program was concluded, and the audience had taken a breath, suddenly there were shouts and cheers popping up all over the auditorium. People had taken out their phones and checked their news updates, and were learning that Doug Jones had defeated Roy Moore in Alabama.
Joy and celebration spread through that room full of queer and marginalized people, women and allies, older and younger, Uptown and Downtown, as we thrilled to the understanding there is, in fact, a limit to how low America will go for raw power, and that if Progressive values can win — even by a tiny margin — in Alabama, we can win anywhere in America, and perhaps just perhaps all is not lost in this country.