September 5, 2018 at 9:14 am EDT | by Chris Johnson
Biden joins lineup for annual Human Rights Campaign dinner
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Vice President Joe Biden is set to join the Human Rights Campaign dinner. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Former vice president Joseph Biden will join the lineup for the annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner, the organization announced Wednesday.

Biden, who has a strong record as an LGBT rights supporter, joins the lineup at the 22nd annual dinner amid speculation he may pursue a run in 2020 against President Trump.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, praised Biden in a statement announcing the former vice president’s scheduled appearance at the dinner, which take place Sept. 15.

“Vice President Biden and the Biden Foundation have tackled issues of LGBTQ equality with vigor, helping to shine a spotlight on the detention, torture and murder of LGBTQ people in Chechnya and working to accelerate acceptance in communities here at home,” Biden said. “Vice President Biden is a strong voice for the vulnerable and a bold advocate for LGBTQ people, and we’re honored to have him join us this year as we continue to blaze new trails, together.”

An early supporter of LGBT rights, Biden came out in support of marriage equality in 2012 one day before Obama and has called the struggle for transgender rights “the civil rights issue of our time.”

After leaving the Obama administration, Biden created the Biden Foundation. Among the latest efforts of the foundation is the “As You Are” initiative, which seeks to promote LGBT acceptance.

Other speakers previously announced for the dinner are former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Virginia Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) and candidate for Nevada secretary of state Nelson Araujo.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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