According to The Advocate, the 2020 presidential campaign will bring us a first on the Democratic side: in October, the candidates will celebrate National Coming Out Day with a debate solely devoted to LGBT issues. Just what the world was waiting for!
The debate will be hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and will take place at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
UCLA Luskin School Dean Gary Segura said, “The Luskin School of Public Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of all Americans through an informed electorate and educated social leaders. We are beyond excited to partner with the Human Rights Campaign in raising LGBTQ issues and the policy stances of candidates to greater public attention in this cycle. UCLA is the perfect host for this conversation.”
HRC President Chad Griffin concurred, telling The Advocate: “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. 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.”
The Washington Post dutifully reports that while LGBT rights have come a long way over the last ten years, the evil man in the White House is trying to roll back the clock.
“Inequities remain, and 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 gay rights,” the Post wrote.
No mention of the fact that the Trump administration recently embarked on a campaign to eradicate LGBT-punishment laws around the world, probably because that inconvenient fact doesn’t fit the narrative. Oh well.
We suppose it should come as no surprise to see that the Democratic Party contenders will be engaged in an LGBT-only debate; after all, we seem to remember Bernie and Hillary debating on a Telemundo stage where half the questions were in Spanish. Maybe in addition to the “gay” debate, the presidential wannabes can hold a “What we’ll do for illegals” debate and see which one of them goes the furthest. Or an AOC debate, where each of the candidates tries to make sense of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest boneheaded tweet. The possibilities are endless as long as you put aside the fact that you’re campaigning for President of the United States and not, you know, a job at Salon.com or Media Matters.