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

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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.

God Hates Windbags
We have a rule.. No politics at the dinner table.

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

Laura K Smith
we talk about the weather...only about the weather (but not global warming).

Tip 3: Just keep eating.

Plenitude Magazine
The same way you get through Thanksgiving, Xmas, and all that other crap: eat. Question is: Election 2012 - turkey or ham?

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

Harley Quinn
I put it in terms of civil rights & equality. My mom is white & my dad is black. I might marry a woman. Love is love.

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

we talk about it any chance we get LOL. They love to think the way they do... And I find it hysterical

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

Gay-at-home Dad™
I took this as a perfect chance to unfriend all of my in-laws on FB. I explained that it directly opposes our family.

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

Duste Allen
My oldest brother is very conservative. We have arguments, but at the end of the day, he's still my brother.

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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