Last night, ten contenders for the Democratic nomination gathered in the First in the Nation caucus state for the LGBTQ Presidential Forum. Organized by One Iowa, The Gazette, The Advocate and GLAAD, the forum offered the most robust discussion of LGBT issues of the 2020 campaign thus far.
Let’s recap the highlights and lowlights for each candidate and talk about what we mean when we bring up “civility.”
Last night, the remaining ten qualified candidates for the Democratic nomination competed in their second debate of the 2020 campaign. Like the previous night’s debate, there were a lot of fireworks, with lower-tier candidates taking their last and best opportunity to bolster their standing in time to qualify for the third debate in September.
After 10 minutes of Superbowl-esque graphics and introductions and some performative patriotism, we got an hour of questions that came straight out of the GOP playbook.
Biden floundered, and Harris was more than ready to make her move. Who even is Eric Swalwell?
Warren’s standout performance, Castro’s defining moments, an emphasis on LGBT issues and the first-ever primary debate with more than one woman candidate.
We’re coming for you, Trump.
What did we first take to the streets about?
FOSTA, journaling, LGBTQ students and STEM, Wrestlemania, Ramona Quimby, your insecurity, Gabi Fresh, a boxing club, and so much more!
Rio de Janeiro Councillor Marielle Franco, who was assassinated on 14 March 2018 after speaking at an event for the empowerment of Black girls, was a firebrand of a politician, feminist, and human rights activist whose work was deeply informed by her experiences as an Afro-Brazilian Catholic lesbian woman born and raised in the favelas.
Photos from a cat show, Outside Magazine not fucking around here, Roy Moore wtf man, your boobs make you less likely to receive CPR, a step in the right direction for trans teens, and so much more!
Doppelgängers, toxic workplaces (so many to choose from!), Trump’s impeachment, did you cry about Stranger Things 2?, California’s turning all its kids gay probably, and so much more!
“I’ve had countless hushed conversations with friends about this anxiety, and how it has led us to refrain from participation in activist events, conversations, and spaces because we feel inadequately radical.”
“I think for many of us as disabled folk, we’ve come to terms with what we experience — but Nana’s experience of dementia is sort of different in that she doesn’t always know what’s happening or who and what she can trust. We can be empowered about disability at the same time as acknowledging that some of it really, seriously fucking hurts.”
“It’s a harsh reality that I will be priced out of my own life at this point if the AHCA gets passed and, quite frankly, I’m not done living my damn life yet.”
President Trump doesn’t set the budget; Congress does. And all 435 seats in the House and 34 out of 100 seats in the Senate will be up for midterm elections next year.
“In the Trump era there’s no room for benchwarmers. Seven out of nine of our representatives are white men in a supposedly progressive state. I think we can find room for a feisty feminist.”
Who needs to call: people who live in Tennessee, Wyoming, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Louisiana, Indiana, Utah, Kansas and Alaska. Who needs to act? Everyone who knows anyone who lives in these states.
In honor of all the other crips I saw in the streets on the Women’s March on Washington, of every disabled woman who’s had it with lip service and wants to make sure this movement belongs to all of us, here are ten more who are already preparing the way.
Going to the Women’s March on Washington or a solidarity event near you? I have some tips!