What are the chances of an LGBT candidate being elected to the state House of Representatives next year?

What are the chances of an LGBT candidate being elected to the state House of Representatives next year?

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JoAnn Greco
journalist | Bella Vista
“Good to very good. There’s a lot of opportunity because there’s a lot of state-rep seats to be filled. Also, there are pockets of the state that are very liberal — parts of Philadelphia and parts of Pittsburgh. In those places, the chances would be very high.”

Robert Nelson
makeup artist | Bella Vista
“Slim to non-existent. We have a conservative state and Philly isn’t much better. Everyone is down on Obama. So, I think they’ll vote even more conservative next year to make a point.”

Victoria Smiley-Robinson
student | Chestnut Hill
“Zero. Right now, prejudice outweighs the desire for diversity. LGBT sexuality is still very much taboo. There aren’t enough people OK with it in a district to overpower the negativity. In 30 years, it might be a different story.”

Tristan Volpi
student | Queen Village
“I’d say 20 percent. As soon as people hear the candidate is LGBT, they’ll turn off. But give it time. The trend is definitely moving toward acceptance. People’s ignorance on the subject is slowly decreasing.”


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