PGN has long been committed to providing the local LGBT community the news it needs — but also the news it wants. In that spirit, we recently launched a Reader Survey to gauge our readers’ opinions on what they hope to see in their community newspaper.

As debate rages at the national level between supporters of the two major-party presidential candidates, Philadelphia’s LGBT community is seeing its own level of fervent discourse over an issue that hits close to home for many locals.

We’re as weary of the 2016 presidential election as the next folks. And as much space as we’ve dedicated to the election in this editorial, we have to add just a bit more to underscore the urgency of the situation we’re facing.

Throngs of high-powered Republicans have come out against Donald Trump’s presidential bid, including both President Bushes. Trump has become aligned with the most divisive, most extreme, most conservative wing of the Republican Party, his name a rallying point for those who revere the American flag yet recoil at the rights and liberties it promises for all Americans.

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