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I really hope straight people don't circumvent tonight's #LGBTQforum to make it all about them yet again.
On Oct. 8 the US Solicitor General was arguing--on your tax dollars--that lesbian, gay and trans Americans are non-persons under the law. This is still a real thing.
In 2019, LGBTQ Americans are 2nd class non-person entities without any of the most basic protections that everyone else in America has.
Every lesbian I know, including me & The Wife, has been fired from at least one job for being gay. I was 19 the 1st time I was denied a lease.2/
The Wife and I have been together for 20yrs. But it has only been legal for us to marry for four--or file a joint tax return. It would not be legal for us to foster or adopt a child in most states. The biases against LGBTQ people in every arena are extreme and life-altering.
The candidates need to address what they will do to try and bring this country into the 21st century w/r/t LGBTQ people so we don't have to find ways to self-medicate to alleviate the pain of the non-stop fight with everyone about whether we even have the right to exist.
Which candidates have plans to address the epidemics of violence against lesbians and trans women?Or the barriers to healthcare? Or income inequality that lesbians and trans women especially face? There is so much at stake for #LGBTQ people. Too much, really.
LGBTQ teens have higher rates of self harm and suicide attempts. But so, now, do LGBTQ seniors as they face old age in nursing homes that are often homophobic and demand they go back in the closet. What plans do candidates have for this or the rise in hate crimes?
At the #LGBTQforum candidates will have to say more than what they have done--or explain why they have done little. They will need to present clear cut plans going forward. I trust @KamalaHarris might have that. Or @CoryBooker. But @JoeBiden was incensed at even being asked.
These candidates are fighting for our votes. It isn't enough to be not-Trump. They have to present plans at the #LGBTQforum that show they actually see the problems we face, their uniqueness, and how harmful the lack of protections has been cumulatively for all of us.
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