Which Candidate is the best Choice for the LGBTQ Community in 2020?
With 20 Democratic candidates running for the office of the presidency in 2020, it seems like a tough choice to make. There are many issues that the American people are facing, including Washington corruption, rebuilding the middle class and reforming the justice system. Yet with so many issues facing Americans, which candidates is the best bet for the LGBTQ community? Which top 7 contenders of the 20 running are best for the community?
Joe Biden, who just announced his candidacy on April 25th, is currently the front runner. Yet what are Joe’s views on the LGBTQ community and what will he do for it. Though Uncle Joe is a liberal democrat, who has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community even becoming supportive of gay marriage before President Obama, he at one point tweeted that VP Mike Pence “Was a decent guy.” VP Mike Pence that is in favor of conversion therapy. Joe eventually walked back his statement regarding Pence, stating that it was a foreign policy context. Joe Biden may be an advocate for the LGBTQ community but he has not made this a campaign issue. The LGBTQ community or issues facing them is nowhere on his official site. He may be placing them on the back burner for now.
Bernie Sanders came close last year to winning the nomination against Hilary Clinton. He has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community since 1976 when he first ran for office in Vermont. Bernie believes that the gay community has made progress; there is still work to be done. Some of the things we must do include;
- Pass the Equality Act, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act and other bills to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people.
- Ensure LGBTQ people have comprehensive health insurance without discrimination from providers.
- Protect the rights of LGBTQ people around the world.
- Advance policies to ensure students can attend school without fear of bullying, and work to substantially reduce suicides.
- Support police departments that adopt policies to ensure fairer interactions with transgender people, especially transgender women of color who are often targeted by police unfairly, and by instituting training programs to promote compliance with fair policies.
- Fight discrimination against LGBTQ people by creditors and banks so that people will not be unfairly denied mortgages, credit cards, or student loans.
- Strongly oppose any legislation that purports to “protect” religious liberty at the expense of others’ rights.
Elizabeth Warren has a great chance to become the first women elected as President of the United States. Though she may be an Allie to the gay community, and walks every year in the Boston Pride Parade, she has strayed away from issues that are important to the gay community. Like Joe Biden, she too has placed the issues of the LGBTQ community on the back burner by leaving them out of her official site.
Corey Booker has been a great supporter of the LGBTQ community Booker, who spoke at the Human Rights Foundation dinner just last month, has also placed other issues before those of the LGBTQ community.
Amy Klobuchar has also been great supporters of the LGBTQ community is in favor of the equality act which is an act in congress prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Yet both have not placed the community’s issues on their official sites
Kamala Harris could become our first black female President. She’s also a great advocate for the LGBTQ community. She was a leader in banning California’s prop 8 which banned same sex marriage which is stated on her official site. She also sponsored a bill banning the “gay panic” debate banning the plea in court cases.
Pete Buttigieg would most likely be the biggest proponent of the LGBTQ community. Mayer Pete, as he is called is the first openly gay presidential candidate. His struggles being gay give him the best connection with the LGBTQ community. Yet for an openly gay man, there is no mention of LGBTQ. Though there is a line, “We need to secure a future in which every American has the freedom to live a life of their choosing”. This is more blanketing of a statement whereas he mentions, racial justice, ending the war and climate change.
All of these candidates have a great relationship with the LGBTQ community. Yet when only three place the issues of the community as part of their campaign platform we must decide where their priorities lie.