"My first thought when I woke up this morning and checked the results was that I needed to go out and get a gun (for protection)," Christopher said.
As a self-described black, gay woman who has benefited from
"I could be harassed, imprisoned or lose my life for a bunch of boxes that I fit into. Obamacare, even if it's a flawed system, to lose that means that people I know will die, and that's not being overdramatic," she said.
The future president has run on a platform of providing economic prosperity by repealing the Affordable Care Act, which has newly insured 20 million Americans but faces criticism for rising premiums. Trump's plans also include deporting millions of undocumented immigrants to open more jobs to Americans and putting at least one pro-life and traditional marriage-supporting Supreme Court judge on the bench. That has Christopher, and others in the gay community, scared.
"If they lose their marriage," she said, referring to LGBTQ couples legally married under federal law, "if their marriages are not protected, they'll lose that health care, that right to inherit; it can mean the difference of giving up life-and-death decisions."
Christopher is one of many who woke up to a nation divided. The counts that showed Democratic candidate
"The fact that Trump has made it permissible for people to speak up about their racist or homophobic views that they've had in their hearts -- this didn't come out of nowhere, but now people are feeling empowered," Christopher said.
Native American Lifeline fiscal manager
"The (Native American) community is already distrustful," she said. "How do we make sure that our people stay well?"
Although she addressed her employees this morning with grim prospects -- the program and their jobs depend on funding provided by the Affordable Care Act -- she said the community would look for ways to overcome.
"We have a good long game," she concluded. "We're still here. Our ancestors made us strong, so we'll carry on."
As a nonpartisan association, the
"Looking at the agenda and the issues that we as an organization are most concerned about -- affordable health care, equity in education, restoration of the Voting Rights Act -- there's so many things that give us cause for concern. The agenda that has been put forth is to cut a lot of services. All we can hope is that working across the aisle, irrespective of party, those rights are not cut."
Centro Hispano president
"I'm hoping that he used that (language) to build momentum, and he'll sit in the
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