Joe Biden is trying to secure the LGBTQ vote.
The Democratic presidential hopeful’s campaign has announced Out for Biden, a new steering committee “aimed at turning out a record number of LGBTQ+ voters this November to elect Joe Biden.”
According to NBC News, the group initiative has more than 30 members, including many of Congress’ LGBTQ elected officials: Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Angie Craig, D-Minn., Sharice Davids, D-Kan., Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., Chris Pappas, D-N.H., and Mark Takano, D-Calif.
We've made incredible progress on LGBTQ+ equality, but we still have further to go. We can't rest until everyone is treated with dignity and respect under the law—regardless of who they are or whom they love.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 8, 2020
“Our campaign’s decision to launch Out for Biden in the shadow of historic protest elevates the power of the moment and encourages deep—and sometimes difficult—dialogue within our LGBTQ+ community as Pride month begins,” said Reggie Greer, the Biden campaign’s LGBTQ+ Vote Director. “LGBTQ+ people of color are central to the fabric of our communities. We must elect a government that will center their voices and celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ people everywhere.”
The announcement of Out for Biden comes with a new LGBTQ section of Biden’s website, including his LGBTQ policy platform and a virtual event toolkit for those who want to host a remote Out for Biden event.
Back in March, Biden’s campaign released an LGBTQ policy platform that has been hailed as “the most comprehensive LGBTQ equality plan by a presumptive presidential nominee in our nation’s history.” As NewNowNext previously reported, the 17-page pitch is as much a plan for the future as it is a summary of every pro-LGBTQ policy President Donald Trump’s administration has rolled back.
Earlier this year, HRC’s Board of Directors, comprised of 26 community leaders from across the nation, unanimously voted to endorse Biden for president in the 2020 race for the White House. Data from recent polls shows Biden with “a significant national lead” against Trump, according to The New York Times.
Joe Biden was the first national leader to support same-sex marriage, on "Meet the Press" in May of 2012. He did it without consulting anyone, despite that a majority of Americans opposed it at the time.
— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) March 16, 2020
Back in 2012, then-Vice President Joe Biden made history by publicly supporting marriage equality during an appearance on Meet the Press.
In 2016, Biden also addressed the crowd at the third annual Logo Trailblazer Honors with a video message honoring the victims of the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. The former veep called out anti-LGBTQ laws passed in the U.S. and abroad.
“As we celebrate a year of equality in marriage, draconian state laws deny transgender Americans basic civil rights,” he said. “And in nearly 70 countries, it’s a crime to be who you are.”
Acknowledging that the nation was still healing from the massacre, Biden added, “You’re showing tonight that we are Orlando. We’re all Americans. Unbowed. Unrelenting. We endure. We overcome. We’re hopeful and we will not be silent.”
Watch the presidential hopeful’s full Trailblazer Honors speech below.