|The LGBTQ Town Hall|
Thursday evening's Democratic Town Hall Q&A was like I had stepped into an episode of the Twilight Zone - "For your viewing pleasure this evening reality will be suspended; there will be issues that were once only whispered about and not discussed. A marginalized population will be in the forefront and presidential candidates will offer their solutions". This morning, as I look back, I cannot help but ask, "Was I dreaming?"
The setting - CNN and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) teamed up to host the event. HRC has a spotted history of supporting the "T" part of the LGBTQ community. It seems that since one very unfortunate event, they have made efforts to be inclusive. Last evening the forum, the invited audience, the audience's questions and the moderators all made an effort to be inclusive.
I heard the word transgender used not once, but many times. There were several very raucous exchanges involving outspoken members of our transgender community and the moderators were respectful.
Here's the key points from each candidate's town hall: (From The CNN Political Site):
There is a lot to unpack and full clips of many of the questions and responses are all over the internet. Take the time; do read and watch.
My takeaway: What a sharp contrast with the current Trump/Pence administration! Whenever Trump says L-G-B-T-Q he seems to be quickly searching for the Listerine. We know he lied about his support for our community. Pence is dangerous and would take away our rights - let's hope he never has the opportunity. Let us do our part to make sure the Trump/Pence administration is voted out in 2020.
We the "T" community was well represented in both questions and answers. It is time - We all need to get to the LGBTQ bus and worked as a cohesive body. Now that we have candidates who are 'on the record' to support our community, we need to do our part. Vote, volunteer and encourage others to understand the importance of these issues. Individuals are dying. Health care is being denied or is priced so high those in need cannot afford it. Basic human rights are being denied. The closet is no longer an option.
Thank you CNN for hosting this Town Hall.