This project was created in early 2015 by friends, starting with a great idea by a great person we’ll call Organizer G, and boosted by their genderqueer friend, Organizer H, who said “#IllGoWithYou on the journey of this idea”.
The idea was simple: What if allies responded to #WeJustNeedToPee the way good people responded to possible anti-Muslim violence with #IllRideWithYou?
Organizer H called on their friend J, who is a disability/neurodiversity/Autistic activist and makes buttons! Yay, buttons!
Somewhere around this time, Organizers G and H started to realize that this could actually be A Thing. Organizer H mentioned it to D, a queer activist, who mentioned Tumblr and started making banner images.
As I (Organizer H) update this (see the blog for the most up-to-date info), we are now over a year into this project and are stunned and gratified by how it has taken off. Our buttons get recognized and thumbs-upped far from our hometowns, are shouted out in viral social media posts, and are occasionally mentioned to us by friends-of-friends who don’t know that we are Organizers!
To each and every one of you who has come along on this journey with us: Thank you, thank you, thank you.