Biden, Castro among 2020 hopefuls to attend Iowa LGBTQ forum

NBC News | 8/15/2019 | Staff
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At least four Democratic presidential hopefuls — Joe Biden, Julián Castro, Joe Sestak and Marianne Williamson — are expected to attend an LGBTQ forum in Iowa on Sept. 20.

The event at Coe College in Cedar Rapids will be hosted by One Iowa, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group; The Gazette, a daily in Eastern Iowa; and The Advocate, an LGBTQ magazine. The candidates will address the audience before a question-and-answer session with the three moderators, one from each of the host organizations.

Courtney - Reyes - Director - Iowa - Event

Courtney Reyes, the interim director of One Iowa, said the event will "focus on LGBTQ people in the heartland and their needs."

“The overarching narrative that LGBTQ people in the U.S. live in urban coastal areas ignores the millions of LGBTQ individuals living and working in the middle of the country,” Reyes wrote in a statement. “We look forward to hearing what the presidential candidates have to say to this often overlooked, but politically powerful community.”

Advocate - Zach - Stafford - Forum - Event

Advocate Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford said the forum will be an event where LGBTQ issues "are front and center" and will allow the community to "make clear and informed decisions about the candidates seeking our valuable votes."

LGBTQ voters are a reliable part of the Democratic base, according to exit polls. In the 2018 midterm elections, over 80 percent of LGBTQ...
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