September 5, 2019 at 2:46 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
CNN and HRC will host historic LGBT town hall
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The Human Rights Campaign and CNN will host Power of Pride, a Democratic presidential town hall focused on LGBTQ issues in October.

The town hall will take place on Thursday, October 10, the night before the 21st annual National Coming Out Day, at The Novo in Los Angeles. It will air live on CNN. Confirmed participants will include former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

This marks the first time a Democratic presidential town hall will be devoted solely to LGBTQ issues and will be the first time a major cable news network will air a presidential event focused on LGBTQ issues.

HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement: “For nearly 40 years, the Human Rights Campaign has fought to realize a world in which LGBTQ people are safe, equal and free in every aspect of our lives. Today, at a time when our most basic civil rights and democratic values are under attack, our work has never been more urgent. We are eager to hear from this field of Democratic presidential candidates about how they plan to win full federal equality, defend the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people, and protect the most vulnerable among us — both here in the United States and around the globe — from stigma, institutional inequality, discrimination, and violence.”

The audience will include HRC members, supporters and community leaders. Tickets are invitation only.

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