I am afraid that the LGBT community is going to give up. I'm afraid that we are going to make excuses like, "Oh, it's an election year. We're not going to get what we want this year." I'm afraid that Democrats that choose to quit will sour our mood and make us feel less powerful.
I'm afraid that Democrats will sense this and back away from their responsibilities to us. I'm afraid that Americans will vote for the same tired politicians that fail to deliver. I'm afraid Americans will fail to vote.
I'm afraid that the grassroots LGBT community won't take the risks they need to to advance our rights. I'm afraid the powerful elitists will be too afraid to take the risks they need to to advance our rights. I'm afraid the LGBT political movement will fail to see they are part of a larger progressive movement. I'm afraid the LGBT community is too dependent on one political movement. I'm afraid that I'm going to have to face one more embarrassing moment after another when my fundamental rights are ignored by society.
Then, I take a deep breath, and face another day with the courage of a lion in my eyes.
I refuse to let anyone see my fear.