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“The future is still female”: thousands of people leave messages of hope in New York

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The world is still reeling from Donald Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton in the US elections earlier this week.

With “The Donald” set to become the 45th President of the United States, people – understandably – have a lot of things to get off their chests.

And what better way to say how you really feel than with a bright post-it note stuck to the wall of a subway in New York?

I NY #subwaytherapy #6thave

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That was the thinking behind Matthew “Levee” Chavez’s idea to take a stack of blank post-it notes and pens down to one of New York’s subway stations yesterday morning.


Read more: “Someday, someone will shatter the glass ceiling”: Read Hillary Clinton's concession speech in full


The artist, who regularly doles out free advice to strangers at his underground “Subway Therapy” stand, knew the election results would have left people with a lot of things to say. 

And he was right: over the course of a day, over 1,500 people gathered together to write messages of hope and support to their fellow Americans on the subway tiles.

The messages ranged from rallying calls for women not to give up the fight for equality, to messages of love and support for minorities fearing the worst from a Trump leadership.

“Still nasty”, read one message circled with hearts, while another said simply, “The future is still female”.

“Your hijab is beautiful,” read another, while a series along one wall proclaimed love for Latina America, Immigrant America, Queer America, Black America and Muslim America.


Read more: This is a time to be brave. It’s a time to be angry: an open letter to my daughter as Donald Trump becomes President


And, of course, the message that Lady Gaga has been wearing emblazoned on her clothes was evident among the post-it notes: “Love Trumps hate”.

#united #subwaytherapy #nyc #equality

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Speaking to ABC News, Chavez described the day as “really beautiful”.

He also explained how he decided to turn his usual Subway Therapy session into an election special, to allow people to vent their frustrations and join together in unity.

"Today is kind of a special edition because of the frustrations and stress it seems like people will have,” he said. “So I brought the Post-Its and I thought it'd be interesting to see everyone's thoughts up on the wall.”

You can see more images below and by following the hashtag #SubwayTherapy on Instagram.

#subwaytherapy #notmypresident #imwithher

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#subwaytherapy #timetofightback

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Sometimes we all need a little #subwaytherapy

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New Yorkers respond to Trump presidency #subwaytherapy #nyc #mta #staylifted

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