Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has launched Out For Biden in an effort to connect with the voting LGBTIQ community.
There are 11 million LGBTIQ Americans eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, over 2 million aren’t registered to vote with about 50 percent of them registered to vote Democrat, LGBTNation reports.
“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, LGBTQ+ Vote Director. “LGBTQ+ people of colour are central to the fabric of our communities. We must elect a government that will centre their voices and celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ people everywhere.”
In swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania the LGBTIQ vote could prove crucial as Trump unexpectedly won the states narrowly over his rival Hilary Clinton in 2016.
“It is critical that, in this moment, as we speak out against racial injustice, discrimination, and harassment, we don’t forget to do everything we can to empower people,” Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said in a statement to CBS News. “LGBTQ voters could be the margin of victory in Wisconsin, and in key states across the country.”
“LGBTQ people, data show, are a growing and crucial voting bloc in elections across the country. Our rights have long been on the ballot, compelling us to register to vote and participate in politics rather than let others speak for us and make decisions without us. The Out for Biden initiative highlights the power of 11 million LGBTQ voters and millions more pro-equality allies who will decide this election,” Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign and founding member of the Out for Biden Steering Committee said.
“LGBTQ voters and the 57 million Equality Voters are as diverse as our nation. From the black trans woman in Milwaukee, to the Dreamer in south Texas to the pro-equality suburban woman in Bucks County Pennsylvania, the LGBTQ equality movement is ready to unite like never before and install a true ally, Vice President Biden, in the White House.”
Joe Solmonese, a former head of HRC, is in charge of the 2020 Democratic convention.
Baldwin and David will both serve on the Out For Biden steering committee along with a whose-who of out politicians and community leaders.