LOS ANGELES — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and CNN announced this week that they would hold an LGBTQ town hall with Democratic presidential candidates in October.
The town hall will be the second LGBTQ-focused event with the 2020 Democratic candidates after a forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sept. 20.
HRC said that the town hall would be at The Novo in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 10. CNN will air the event live on CNN and CNN en Español and livestreamed on CNN’s apps on all platforms. The live audience will be comprised of HRC members, supporters and community leaders. Tickets will be invitation-only.
Six candidates have confirmed their participation: former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
“We are eager to hear from this field of Democratic presidential candidates about how they plan to win full federal equality, defend the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people, and protect the most vulnerable among us — both here in the United States and around the globe — from stigma, institutional inequality, discrimination, and violence,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “This town hall comes at a critical time in our fight to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) in this nation. Today, in 30 states, LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who we are. Thirty-five states have yet to ban the dangerous and debunked practice of ‘conversion therapy,’ which is harming our young people. Hate crimes are rising, and more than 100 transgender people — most of whom are transgender women of color — have been killed in the United States in the last five years.”
To participate, candidates must meet the fall DNC debate eligibility criteria: 2 percent or more support in four separate national or state polls and 130,000 unique donors with a minimum of 400 individual donors across 20 states. The last day for qualifying polls to be released or for qualifying donors to be counted will be Sept. 25. Candidates must submit their qualification criteria by 11 a.m. on Sept. 26.