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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is partnering with CNN to host an LGBTQ-focused town hall for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Oct. 10. The LGBTQ rights organization made the announcement on its website Sept. 5.
“The evening will constitute the largest-ever audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to [LGBTQ] issues and will mark the first time in history that a major cable news network will air a presidential event devoted to issues of importance to the LGBTQ community,” HRC stated.
Six candidates have confirmed their participation in the town hall: former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Each of the participating candidates will appear in back-to-back town halls.
The event, entitled Power of Our Pride, will be held at The Novo in Los Angeles and will air live during primetime on CNN and CNN en Español, as well as be available on CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV.
The event is set to take place on the eve of the 31st annual National Coming Out Day, a celebration of coming out as LGBTQ.
In order to participate in the town hall, candidates must meet specific eligibility criteria including 2% or more support in four separate national or state polls and 130,000 unique donors with a minimum of 400 individual donors across 20 states. The last day for qualifying polls to be released or for qualifying donors to be counted will be Sept. 25.
For more information, visit HRC.org.