October 1, 2019 at 4:23 pm PDT | by Karen Ocamb
HRC/CNN LGBTQ town hall lineup announced

And now there are 10. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and CNN announced Tuesday that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will participate in the historic HRC/CNN town hall on Oct. 10 at The Novo in Los Angeles where now 10 Democratic presidential candidates will answer questions about LGBTQ issues.

Sanders now seems unlikely to attend after undergoing a stent procedure for his heart on Wed. Oct. 2.  All appearances, his campaign announced, have been cancelled until further notice.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and businessman Andrew Yang declined to attend citing scheduling conflicts.

The town hall will feature two candidates back-to-back each hour airing live on CNN and digital platforms from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET/ 4 pm to 9pm Pacific time. The candidates will answer questions at the “Power of our Pride” event from CNN moderators and invited quests.

CNN’s scheduled lineup as of Tuesday, Oct 1 is:

  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker interviewed by CNN’s Dana Bash at 7/4 p.m.

  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders interviewed by Bash at 7:30/4:30 p.m.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden interviewed by CNN’s out anchor Anderson Cooper at 8/5 p.m.

  • Out South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg interviewed by Cooper at 8:30/5:30 p.m.

  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren interviewed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo at 9/6 p.m.

  • California Sen. Kamala Harris interviewed by Cuomo at 9:30/6:30 p.m.

  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon at 10/7 p.m.

  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar interviewed by Lemon at 10:30/7:30 p.m.

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro interviewed by CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson at 11/8 p.m.

  • Businessman Tom Steyer interviewed by Henderson at 11:30/8:30 p.m.

The participants met the Democratic National Committee’s qualifications for the Oct. 15 primary debate, each having reached 2% in at least four national DNC-approved polls. Additionally, each candidate had to meet the DNC-donor threshold for the Oct. 15 debate – financial support from 130,000 unique donors, including 400 donors each from at least 20 states.

“This town hall comes at a critical time in our fight to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in this nation,” HRC president Alphonso David said last month. “Today, in 30 states, LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who we are. Thirty-five states have yet to ban the dangerous and debunked practice of ‘conversion therapy,’ which is harming our young people. Hate crimes are rising, and more than 100 transgender people — most of whom are transgender women of color — have been killed in the United States in the last five years.

“Although the federal government should be protecting all residents, the Trump-Pence Administration is directly attacking our community by banning transgender troops from serving our country openly, undermining health care services for people living with HIV, and seeking to erase LGBTQ people from protections under law.”

The historic event takes place the night before Oct. 11, the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day, established to honor the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987. HRC describes it as “a way of celebrating the power of coming out and promoting a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly.”

 

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