Members of LGBTQ community express fear, concern after election - Tucson News Now

Members of LGBTQ community express fear, concern after election

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office in two months, but there are already growing concerns about what his presidency will entail for members of the LGBTQ community. 

Since the election Tuesday, Nov. 8, Claire Swinford says her phone has been ringing nonstop. 

Swinford is the director of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance. 

“People are terrified,” Swinford said. “I think that has less to do about who is taking office and more with some of that visceral [hate] we saw on the campaign trail, some of that anger that came out this year and we are seeing it.”

Swinford said although there are some concerns about Trump's policies, the biggest fear is just walking down the street and being harassed.

“We have one report from the street level from a transperson of color whose neighbor walked up to her on the sidewalk and said, 'No one is going to protect you now,' no violence, no bloodshed so far, but it is out there,” Swinford said.

One of the main goals of SAGA is to provide a safe space, she added. 

SAGA held a safe space opportunity last week, but they are looking to do more.

It is a chance for people of the LGBTQ community to come together and be with other people without any worries.

In October, Tucson police also implemented a Safe Space program where people can seek shelter at local businesses if they feel unsafe.

[READ: TPD to help create 'safe places' for victims of anti-LGBTQ crimes]

For more information about SAGA, click here: http://bit.ly/2f8xAAj

Members of the LGBTQ community can find resources here: http://bit.ly/2fQWl7O

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