- At present, still many states discriminate the LGBTQ community whether in employment, in housing or in public accommodation.
- Hate crimes are on the rise, especially against transgender individuals.
- There are LGBTQ youth who can still be confronted with “conversion therapies” even if we see many efforts to ban this dangerous practice are underway throughout the American States.
- The fight against bullying at school must also continue. There are still improvements to be made.
All these topics will be part of the debate.
HRC explains that candidates will have to qualify by collecting at least one percent or more of the vote in three separate national polls or by receiving donations from 65,000 different people in 20 different states.
This forum is part of UCLA’s Luskin Lecture Series to bring solutions, innovations and improve society.
Prior to 2004, HRC had organized a debate with John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich, Carol Moseley Braun, Howard Dean, Al Sharpton, Joe Lieberman, and Dick Gephardt.
In 2008, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, and Bill Richardson took part in this forum.
“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,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.
“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. We’re excited to partner with UCLA Luskin and create an opportunity to hear candidates’ agendas for moving equality forward.”
“The Luskin School of Public Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of all Americans through an informed electorate and educated social leaders,” said Gary Segura, dean of UCLA Luskin.
“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.”
The forum on LGBTQ issues will be organized with the Democratic candidates on October 10, 2019, at UCLA’s historic Royce Hall.