If you’ve watched the last three presidential debates, you’ll quickly notice as a member of the TBLGQ community the questions about the issues that concern LGBTQ + Americans have been non existent save for Cory Booker and Julian Castro mentioning trans Americans and Pete Buttigieg talking about love and marriage at the end of the Houston one.
GLAAD on Friday will sponsor along with The Advocate, One Iowa, and The Gazette the 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Joining GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis on the Sinclair Auditorium stage is actress and advocate Angelica Ross.
This makes Ross the first out trans person tapped to be a presidential forum host in addition to all the trans television history she’s made already as a cast member of the groundbreaking FX series POSE and American Horror Story 1984 that premieres tonight.
Congrats to Angelica! I’m so proud of her, and I’m confident she will do a wonderful job in making sure that the concerns of our trans community are articulated during this event.
“This LGBTQ Presidential Forum is a pivotal moment in the 2020 election cycle,” said Ellis. “It’s the first time that LGBTQ issues will be exclusively discussed by 2020 presidential candidates on a national stage.”
She adds, “We look forward to hearing how the 2020 candidates plan to reverse the attacks and rollbacks of the Trump Administration and put LGBTQ Americans on a course to 100% acceptance.”
It’s a pivotal moment indeed. We have had 20 trans people murdered this year in the US as the Trump misadministration ramps up its attacks on our basic human rights. It opposes the Equality Act, which passed the democratically controlled House but has gone nowhere in the GOP controlled Senate.We TBLGQ voters need to know as November 3, 2020 gets closer what Democratic presidential candidates will do to stop the erosion of our human rights, and what policies they will enact that benefit TBLGQ Americans if they are elected.
Confirmed participants in this TBLGQ specific forum are Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Sestak, Elizabeth Warren and Marianne Williamson.
The forum is scheduled to start at 7 PM CDT on Friday, September 20, and you can watch the forum livestream here.