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.
Today, I introduced a plan to ensure everyone in the LGBTQ+ community is able to live proudly and openly, without fear of discrimination. We can restore equality and dignity in the White House. https://t.co/tS2YM46az7
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 10, 2019
“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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