Our new vice president has spent much of his career fighting gay rights. And the pain of his election for LGBTQ people is irrefutable. But here’s the thing: Culture is marching on. From modes of dress to pronoun use to gender roles, the world is breaking out of rigid binaries. We have a new crop of icons–trans rocker Laura Jane Grace of the band Against Me!; CoverGirl’s first cover boy, James Charles; Transparent‘s Hari Nef–whose stars will continue to rise. (And we can’t wait to watch Laverne Cox play an Ivy-educated lawyer on the CBS drama Doubt.) What people can do is no longer tied to the sex they’re assigned at birth. Gender may not be over, but its limitations soon will be–no matter what Mike Pence tries to do.