Sunday, February 12, 2017 at BERG'N
We Wrote "love notes" to our elected officials, pooling our resources to address the measures enacted by the Trump administration.
Next, in "Love Notes Live," a storytelling hour and open mic guided by contributors Peter Redmond and Carmen Ladipo, we Listened to steamy, funny, and poignant tales of love, dating, and sex. We live-streamed the stories to our Facebook page: Click here to play.
Event proceeds will be donated to Immigration Equality, the Nation's leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization.
We invited a handful of experts to offer advice and inspiration. Below is a run-down of what we learned, with big thanks to Robert Russo of Hillary for America, Currey Cook of Lambda Legal, and Krishna Stone of GMHC.
Get to the point quickly, without wasting time telling them what they already know. For example: "Please protect the rights of transgender citizens." "Please do not repeal the Affordable Care Act, one of the most important weapons in the fight against HIV."
Most likely the letter you are writing will be read by a staff member not your representative. But that person is still a person, and they read a lot of hate (whether warranted or not). Write as though you were speaking to someone sitting across a table from you. It will make your more stern points more effective.
Let them know you are their constituent, and how your elected representatives' actions may or may not affect your vote in the future. It helps to include your zip code in your signature.
The more you can do to paint a picture of your life and experience vis a vis the policy they are voting on or debating, the better. A staffer is likely the one reading your note, and the most vivid and persuasive letters are the ones that get passed along to her or his boss.
This may not be specifically pertinent to writing letters, but when fatigue, frustration, and/or anger start to limit your ability to engage, take a break. Then when you're ready, step back into the fight.
Proceeds will be donated to Immigration Equality