Interview on April 11, 2022, with Stephanie, who is studying psychology, outside the Student Union Building at Los Angeles City College.
Do you consider yourself religious?
Stephanie: I don’t go to church often, but I do believe in a religion. It helps me make decisions in my life. If I’m doing something wrong, I look at religion as the reason why I feel guilty. I was raised Catholic, so growing up my parents would take us to Mass every week. You were supposed to do your First Communion, so you go to like church school on the weekends for two years. Now that I’m busier with work, I don’t find the time to go.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
Stephanie: Yes. I believe that, just like in the Bible where it says that Jesus resurrected, I feel like human beings will too, and there is an afterlife. I believe there is both heaven and hell. If you do good, you will go to heaven and if you don’t, then you probably won’t.
How can people know what’s good?
Stephanie: If you feel good about your actions, like helping others and not hurting other people, like killing, rape, stuff that will harm other people.
What would you say if someone asked you, “Who’s Jesus?”
Stephanie: I would describe Him, saying He is the Son of God Who sacrificed Himself for humanity’s sins. He was the One chosen by God to come to earth and give His word, teach people about Him and about the religion.
Why do you think there is a God?
Stephanie: I don’t understand why people don’t believe in God. I feel like it’s just something that implementing in your life helps you be a better person, live a better life, regardless of whether it’s truth or not.
Do you think abortion is right or wrong?
Stephanie: I think that definitely times have changed now and it’s not like back in the days where people had to meet certain standards. I think people definitely have the right, with gay marriage and all that, too. I think people are allowed to live a life that will make them happy.
What if what makes someone happy hurts someone else, like how an abortion kills someone?
Stephanie: I think that people should have the decision if they have an unwanted pregnancy, for whatever their case may be, that it should be okay for them to make a certain decision.
Do you think that someone who has male DNA is a woman if he thinks he is? Is it true that he is a woman?
Stephanie: Yes, if they develop the characteristics of the sex they want to be. I know a couple of people and they act more feminine sometimes, even than I am. They really are cautious of the way they look and take care of themselves in a feminine way, so I do believe that yes, they probably do believe the sex that they want to be. They apply it very well to their life.