Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Celebrate National Coming Out Day

President Donald Trump didn't acknowledge the awareness day, which is celebrated annually on October 11.

National Coming Out Day 2020 rolled around this past Sunday, October 11, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed.

Ahead of November’s presidential election, the conservative POTUS failed to publicly acknowledge the annual awareness day, which has been recognized since 1988. It appears he was too busy spreading “misleading and potentially harmful information” about COVID-19 and getting dinged by Twitter.

Twitter

By contrast, Trump’s Democratic rivals made their support of LGBTQ Americans clear. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris both issued statements honoring National Coming Out Day.

“I want every member of the LGBTQ+ community to know you are loved and accepted just as you are—whether you’ve come out or not,” Biden tweeted Sunday. “I’ll fight every day in the White House to create a country where you can live open, proud, and free—without fear.”

“On #NationalComingOutDay, we celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ community and remember that, even today, it’s not always safe or easy to be publicly out,” Harris added on Twitter. “Out or not, you are loved.”

It’s hardly the first time the Trump-Pence administration has missed a yearly LGBTQ milestone. During his first two years in office, the President neglected to acknowledge LGBTQ Pride Month on social media. He did issue a Pride Month proclamation in 2019, although given his administration’s history of anti-LGBTQ policymaking, the nod came off as opportunistic.

Meanwhile, the Biden-Harris administration has already pledged to advance the LGBTQ Equality Act, reverse Trump’s trans military ban, and protect LGBTQ asylum-seekers. This June, the Biden campaign also launched an initiative aimed at LGBTQ voters and timed to LGBTQ Pride Month.

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.
@_sammanzella