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Source: New York Daily News
Author: Joseph Wilkinson
Questions for Discussion:
- While it appears that Eric Trump has clarified that his remarks were misunderstood and that he is not, in fact, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, his initial comments suggested he was and it elicited an incredibly strong reaction from people in the LGBTQ+ space. What did you think of the reaction – was it understandable? Appropriate?
- This situation raises a difficult issue: How should people who hold more conservative views that may conflict with LGBTQ+ equality but who are LGBTQ+ themselves be included in LGBTQ+ spaces? Is there a reasonable path forward to finding ways to support all, regardless of conflicting beliefs? Can you point to examples of where this has been done effectively?
- Can you share personal examples of where you’ve found ways to “meet people where they are” when you have dramatically different beliefs around LGBTQ+ acceptance? What are some of the biggest lessons that you’ve learned in navigating these conversations?
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