Z, 28

I've never been so grateful for Obamacare as I am right now. Because of the Affordable Care Act, I was able to get health insurance at a reasonable cost after leaving my last job and starting my own micro-business. I recently had a multi-day hospital stay and a fairly complex surgery requiring lots of medications, follow-up appointments, and physical therapy, and I've been beyond grateful that I have comprehensive health insurance and a manageable deductible. 

I'm thrilled to be voting for a powerful woman with a strong record on women's and children's issues, and I'm completely outraged at Trump's misogyny and history of sexual abuse.

As a person of color and the daughter of an immigrant, I trust Hillary to fight for the rights and wellbeing of my community and other folks of color. Trump's racism and xenophobia scares the living daylights out of me — he represents regressive and harmful attitudes, and he's already had a terrible influence on violence, hate crimes, and bullying in schools.

As a queer person with many queer and trans friends, it's important to me to vote for candidates who support marriage equality and protections for trans folks. Hillary will do that; Trump won't.

If you're considering a "protest" or third-party vote, please keep in mind that people's lives are on the line, here. Think about the women, people of color, queer and trans people, and immigrants whose well-being would be threatened by a Trump presidency.

If Trump is elected: My queer friends might not be able to marry their partners. My trans friends might get fired from their jobs, or harassed or assaulted in public (or private) spaces. My friends of color might face discrimination in the workplace, violence in the face of the police, and their kids might get bullied. I will probably lose my health insurance. 

I'm disgusted by Trump's constant stream of bullshit rhetoric about Hillary, and frustrated that his supporters keep parroting his lies. 

I'm pissed off that people keep describing her as "the lesser of two evils." She's a stellar candidate for president!


She has a strong record, she has more experience than most politicians I know, she's well-respected by leaders worldwide, and everyone knows she'll get shit done. Let's start talking about what a strong candidate she is and stop talking about how she's just "not as bad as Trump."