After a Stop at the Abbey, Kamala Harris Promises an LGBTQ Advocate in the White House

The candidate swung by WeHo in advance of tonight’s LGBTQ town hall

Senator Kamala Harris announced today that, if elected, she would establish an office of a chief advocate for LGBTQ+ rights within the White House as part of the platform she laid out ahead of tonight’s CNN/Human Rights Campaign town hall on LGBTQ+ issues.

“As a first step, Kamala will establish a Chief Advocate for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the White House. From acts of violence and hate targeting transgender Americans, to bias-motivated killings in Poway, Pittsburgh, and El Paso, hate crimes are on the rise in America,” reads a statement posted on Harris’s website today.

“As president, Kamala will appoint and fund a new office to ensure a whole of government approach and strategy to address these alarming problems in partnership with the LGBTQ+ community, as well as broader issues to ensure prosperity and full equality. This includes having the Chief Advocate work across agencies with the Department of Education, Health & Human Services, the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security, among others, to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community has the support it needs.”

Harris further promises to reverse Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, and to appoint members of the LGBTQ+ community “to leadership roles throughout her administration, including her cabinet, and to the federal bench.”

Last night, Harris was already out drumming up enthusiasm among LGBTQ+ voters, stopping by iconic gay night spot the Abbey in West Hollywood. “I know she’s going to make a change,” one supporter said. “We need a female in office, a female of color. It’s time.”

Bar goers snagged selfies (and videos) with the candidate, including former Queer Eye culture guide Jai Rodriguez and famed drag queen Shangela.

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