Name: Melody
Age: 26
Residence: Sugar Hill, Harlem
Occupation: Journalist

Your Vote: In the Democratic primaries, I’d pick Hillary Clinton. Now I’ll wait for all the black people out there to say that I’m choosing my womanhood over my blackness! It’s not about that. I wanted to prefer Obama, but I was completely seeing it as a black-man, white-woman race, and it can’t be that way. Clinton answers questions with her intellect. Obama tells inspirational stories.

Do gay issues affect your choice? Well, I can’t say that gay issues are my only issues, but of course they play a part. I’m conscious of them, but I’m also a young person with spiraling debt, a black person in America, and a woman. My middle-class parents approaching retirement. I have to grapple with all of those identities and issues when I think about who I want to run this country.