Culture

Meet the Young Voters Who Are Shaping This Election, Part 1

Culture

Meet the Young Voters Who Are Shaping This Election, Part 1

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Christin, Actor, Dancer, Teacher

What is the most important issue to you in the upcoming election?
Well, I’m not a single issue voter, so all of the issues that appear in the parties’ platforms are very important to me, and I think they affect each other and they are intertwined. But, I think the issue that is probably most important to people, no matter which part of the political aisle that you find yourself on, is the economy. And then for me, I’d say LGBT rights.

Which social issue do you feel should be addressed immediately?
Hands down LGBT rights. I think that is the defining social issue of our generation. It’s our civil rights movement. We live in a country now where people who identify as LGBT are treated like second-class citizens. And so for me, this issue needs to be resolved immediately so that we can live in a country where everyone’s equal.

Why should young people vote in this election?
I think voting is a civic responsibility. My parents have been taking me to vote with them since I was a little girl and I voted since I was able to when I was eighteen. I think that a good democracy depends on the participation of all of its citizens, and I think you see different points of view across generations, where the world is always evolving and progressing. People my age think differently than my grandparents. I for one definitely want my voice and the voice of my generation to be heard.

Where would you take Mitt Romney on a first date?
I think I would take him to Mars Bar if it was still open, or maybe Welcome to the Johnsons, and sit back and watch him drink a PBR and try to engage with New York hipsters. I think that’d be pretty fun, although it would probably be less of a date and more of a train wreck for him and a comedy show for me.

Where would you take Obama on a date?
I’d probably take him to a meeting of the LGBT rights group I work with called Clear Rising and just kind of pick his brain on what he thinks is the proper path to ensure full federal equality for the LGBT community. I think we kind of are like the street people, the street activists, the people who don’t have access to the inside in the White House and I think it would be really cool to have him interact with us. We’re not lobbyists; we don’t have anything to lose because we don’t have that insider connection.