HRC, UCLA to host LGBTQ forum with 2020 Dem candidates

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LOS ANGELES — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs are hosting an LGBTQ forum with the Democratic 2020 presidential candidates this fall.

The HRC said in a press release that the forum would take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019, the eve of National Coming Out Day, in UCLA’s historic Royce Hall, and it will give candidates an opportunity to speak about their policy platforms and plans to move LGBTQ equality forward.

The forum will be part of UCLA’s Luskin Lecture Series, which enhances public discourse on topics relevant to the betterment of society. The series demonstrates UCLA Luskin’s commitment to encouraging innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions to formidable public policy challenges.

As in other presidential candidate forums and debates, Democratic candidates can qualify for the event by receiving one percent or more of the vote in three separate national polls or by receiving donations from 65,000 different people in 20 different states.

“If any LGBTQ person were to take a cross-country drive from HRC headquarters in Washington, D.C., to UCLA’s campus, their rights and protections under the law would change dozens of times at every city line and state border,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in the release. “Millions of LGBTQ people will have their rights on the ballot in 2020 — but today we are also a powerful voting bloc that will help determine the outcome. We’re excited to partner with UCLA Luskin and create an opportunity to hear candidates’ agendas for moving equality forward.”

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