As the 2020 elections approach (the first being February 3rd, 2020), we are beginning to see its signs. Presidential candidates have rolled out campaigns, and the bombardment of ads, emails, and text messages asking for support, canvassers, phone banking, and donations begins. This year we have seen three Democratic Party debates, but not one of them had a question specific to LGBTQ+ issues. Two events will change that.

The Advocate and GLAAD have announced an LGBTQ Forum for September 20th at 5PM PST/8PM EST. Angelica Ross (Candy from Pose, and founder of TransTech Social), will be hosting the forum. The candidates present will be: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Sestak, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson. (How to watch)

CNN and the Human Rights Campaign have announced an LGBTQ Town Hall with the presidential candidates scheduled for October 10th. The candidates present will be: Joe Biden, Corey Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Sestak, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson.

Bernie Sanders is the only candidate absent both debates. His aides have reported scheduling conflicts.

This may be one of the first spikes we see in major media coverage of LGBTQ+ issues since 2016. As mentioned, even with three presidential debates this year, none of the questions have been dedicated to LGBTQ+ issues. The Queer Times will be reviewing both of these events.

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