Skip to comments.2020 Democratic candidates to participate in debate focused on LGBT issues
Posted on 03/21/2019 3:44:14 PM PDT by reaganaut1
For the first time since the dramatic change in public opinion around gay rights, Democratic presidential candidates will be invited to participate in a forum focused exclusively on LGBT policies.
The event is scheduled for Oct. 10, the eve of National Coming Out Day. Hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the 2020 candidates will discuss topics related to hate crimes, bullying and transgender rights.
The HRC Foundation held presidential forums for Democratic primary candidates in 2004 and 2008. In 2012 and 2016, it did not hold one for the large Republican primary fields.
Since that 2008 forum, public attitudes and laws have moved rapidly in favor of LGBT people. That year, 55 percent of Americans believed gay and lesbian relations between consenting adults should be legal, according to Gallup polling. By May 2018, that opinion had risen to 75 percent.
In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama supported civil unions between same-sex couples, but not marriage a position he said he evolved on over his presidency.
Since 2013, the first openly bisexual woman and the first openly gay man and woman of color have been elected to Congress.
In the past decade, same-sex marriage has become federally enforced, attacks against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity have been added to the list of federal hate crimes, and the law banning LGBT Americans from serving openly in the military has been repealed.
President Trump has supported policies that have undermined LGBT rights such as his ban on transgender people serving in the military and his nomination of judges hostile to some legal protections.
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Yes, they should surely debate the living Tarnation out of this subject, on national TV if possible.
Televise this prime time.
Shep Smith has to be the moderator of this butt feat
LGBT issues are non-issues designed to rope-a-dope the public.
How many of the Dem candidates will “come out” just before or during this event?
Will Princess Buffalo Squat claim she chewed a few beaver hides in her college days?
Will Spartacus tell us more about T-bone?
Will Gropin’ Joe start sticking his tongue in little boys ears too?
Is the debate being held in sodom or gomorrah?
On the Democrat side, there’s nothing to discuss.
They will all agree that it is good that homosexuality is so accepted and mainstream. They will decry as discrimination any efforts to push back against this transgender bathroom movement. Ditto Trump’s effort against transsexuals in the military.
They will all agree with the activists that we should be liberal on LGBT matters. The only discussion will be how vociferously some denounce Trump as being homophobic and transphobic etc.
Who is your candidate for the Republican ticket?
A contest to see who can outqueer the others? Bring it!
Can’t we make it a series? Maybe one a month? I dont’ want to wait until October!
Once again my mental image of all of them together is the bar scene on Star Wars
That’s an insult to the good residents of Mos Eisley.
Oct. 10, the eve of National Coming Out Day.
The Republic has not been in such dire straights since the Civil War and the Socialists focus on this crap.
I am waiting for sparticus to show the proper way to manhandle beno
The issue for Democrats is how quickly to criminalize and penalize any dissent from cheerleading for “LGBT” issues. Already in England you can be prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun for a “transgender” person, and in Canada you can face a hefty fine for saying something which offends a gay activist. The Democrats want to lift us out of our backwardness and have us catch up with the more enlightened countries.
What’s going to be really crazy is that not a single one, not even one of the women, will reject the idea that biological men must be allowed in women’s spaces. If successful, the transgender movement is literally the end of women’s locker rooms, bathrooms, sports, etc., but the supposedly feminist Democratic party is all in on the plan.
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