QUEER VOICES
10/27/2012 09:29 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

A Guide To How To Survive The Last Week Of The Presidential Election With Conservative Family Members (TWEETS, GIFS)

Earlier this week, one of our awesome bloggers, Kergan Edwards-Stout, wrote a provocative blog about his approach to handling friends and followers during this election season. Here's a snippet of what he had to say:

Please defriend me.

If you plan to vote for Mitt Romney, you are putting a nail into my civil rights coffin, and I'd rather not have friends who think I deserve anything less than equal treatment under the law.

Call his approach what you will, at least he has a strategy. With the double hitter of the last leg of a heated election on our plates and the back-to-back family holidays that will immediately follow, we wanted to know how many of you are dealing with a year where so many LGBT issues are on the table.

We put out a call to our Twitter family for tips on how to get through this last week of the election season with conservative loved ones and below we've shared the seven main tips that kept recurring. We hope these help.

Tip 1: Set boundaries.

Tip 2: Change the subject. "How about this weather?"

Tip 3: Just keep eating.

Tip 4: Remind them that they once had to fight for acceptance, too.

Tip 5: Take it as an opportunity for a good laugh.

Tip 6: Embrace this opportunity to cut off those family members you never liked in the first place.

And finally, for those you do likeTip 7: Just remember that no matter what happens, they are still your family and you love them.

Below, we've rounded up all the tips our Twitter family submitted. Be sure to share your own advice in the comments! How do you cope with conservative family members during election years?

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Coping With Conservative Family Members
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