CEDAR RAPIDS — Media advocacy group GLAAD has been added as a partner for an LGBTQ presidential forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sept. 20.
State civil rights group One Iowa, ; The Gazette of Cedar Rapids; and the Advocate were already established as partners and hosts for the forum. The forum will be at the Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and the program will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Each candidate will have individual stage time to address the audience, followed by a one-on-one moderated Q&A session.
“LGBTQ issues and the LGBTQ community have been largely left out of the 2020 presidential primary conversation so far, and this forum will bring these important topics to a national audience for the first time in this election cycle,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, in a press release. “We look forward to hearing how each 2020 candidate will fight for LGBTQ acceptance during this campaign and beyond and, as President, how each of them would repair the damage done to LGBTQ equality and acceptance by the Trump Administration.”
“We’re excited to have GLAAD on board as we shine a light on the lives and needs of LGBTQ people living in the heartland,” said One Iowa Interim Executive Director Courtney Reyes. “The overarching narrative that LGBTQ people in the U.S live in urban coastal areas ignores the millions of LGBTQ individuals living and working in the middle of the country. We look forward to hearing what the presidential candidates have to say to this often overlooked, but politically powerful community.”
Currently, confirmed attendees include Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, former Pennsylvania representative Joe Sestak, and author Marianne Williamson. All Democratic presidential candidates have been invited.
This event is free with required pre-registration now available at www.thegazette.com/2019LGBTQforum.