GLAAD/Buzzfeed video series speaks with Allentown resident about young LGBTQ voters

Written by on October 19, 2020

GLAAD/Buzzfeed video series speaks with Allentown resident about young LGBTQ voters

By Gabi Falk, WLVR News Lehigh University Intern

October 19, 2020

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Allentown resident Connie Ticho featured in the the Drive the Vote campaign by GLAAD.

Today is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania. And like many presidential elections, there’s a focus on getting young people to the polls. WLVR’s Gabi Falk has more on how the LGBTQ youth are getting involved in Allentown and making their voices heard prior to Nov. 3. 

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Connie Ticho is an intern at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown. They identify as non-binary, and they say equality, healthcare, racial and LGBTQ justice is important to them this election season. 

“The youth really need to come out, show that they have a voice, when there isn’t necessarily someone in government who is speaking for them, and I think this is the way we get our voices heard.”

Ticho says they’ve already requested a mail-in ballot and will be working the polls on Election Day.

“The people we are voting for aren’t going to just affect this election, but it’s also going to affect the outcome of all the following elections. Think about how much this is going to affect your future. Think ten years from now are you going to look back on this election, and are you going to wish that you had voted if you don’t vote?”

Ticho was recently featured in a Buzzfeed video series for the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD. It’s interviewing young voters in swing states like Pennsylvania. Ticho says they don’t think youth voters realize how important it is to have their voice heard, and is pushing for everyone to vote on Nov. 3. 

This story is part of a collaboration between WLVR News and Lehigh University’s Department of Journalism & Communication. View all student stories.

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