CNN’s “Equality Town Hall” featured seven Democratic Presidential Candidates offering their views on LGBTQ issues. These included subjects such a health care, conversion therapy, and discrimination against LGBTQ people. Most viewers will likely remember the event for interruptions by audience members offering urgent reminders about the epidemic of violence against trans people of color. Nevertheless, the forum allowed candidates to answer many questions of vital importance to LGBTQ voters. Here are some of the highlights.
New Jersey Senator Corey Booker called violence against the LGBTQ community a “national emergency.”
Cory Booker to a man who was at the Pulse shooting and lost friends there: "I will elevate, as President … an office on hate crimes and white supremacy to make sure it is a presidential-level effort to protect our country as a whole." #EqualityTownHall https://t.co/E9vuNcTTcg pic.twitter.com/cnKndpL8Bf
— CNN (@CNN) October 11, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the importance of making sure health care providers do not discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation or HIV status.
#NewBluehand #Bluehand We have to make sure that no hospital or health care provider can discriminate against someone simply because of who they are or whom they love. #EqualityTownHall pic.twitter.com/83oi0WJSuE #JoeBiden #NeverTrump
— Wise Democratic Owls (@DemocratWiseOwl) October 11, 2019
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded to a question about those who deny LGBTQ people service based on their faith. He shared his belief that religious freedom must be limited when it comes to harming other people.
The Christian tradition that I belong to instructs me to identify with the marginalized. It tells me that the greatest thing any of us has to offer is love. Using my religion—any religion—as an excuse to harm others is an insult to faith. #EqualityTownHall pic.twitter.com/rhZt3n7F59
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 11, 2019
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren got the laugh of the night with how she would respond to someone claiming “marriage is between one man and one woman.”
The TIMING. The DELIVERY. The TWINKLE IN HER EYE.
I can’t wait to see Elizabeth Warren wipe the debate stage with Donald Trump’s haystack of a toupee. pic.twitter.com/5Fv6WJLDXP
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) October 11, 2019
California Senator Kamala Harris noted her record of combatting the use of the “Gay/Trans Panic” in attacks on LGBTQ people.
No other candidate has a record on #lgbtq rights as @KamalaHarris I can’t see anyone else handling this situation with this much compassion and sympathy I love this woman #khive #kamala2020 #KamalaWillAct #LGBTQTownHall #CNNTownHall pic.twitter.com/9qzCEck9rN
— Kenny walden (@KENNYBOO93) October 11, 2019
Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke said religious institutions should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage.
— Ian G Haworth (@ighaworth) October 11, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said she will recognize third gender markers on a federal level and encourage states to do the same.
— CNN (@CNN) October 11, 2019
Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer said that there is not yet a cure for AIDS because corporations have “bought the government”.
Tom Steyer on financing a cure for AIDS: “We’re going to have to break, ultimately, the power of the corporations to own our government and to control what happens to us” #EqualityTownHall https://t.co/vECaLko8m8 pic.twitter.com/pAsy739lZa
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 11, 2019
Wondering how swing voters feel? Turns out more Christians now support LGBTQ issues.
For more of what the candidates said at the “Equality Town Hall”, visit CNN.
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Last modified: October 16, 2019