Transgender activist and actor Angelica Ross was announced today as the host of the national 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues. The event is sponsored by GLAAD, One Iowa, The Gazette, and The Advocate. Ross will join GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis on stage to help guide the conversation and to ensure LGBTQ-specific issues are at the forefront of the 2020 discussion.
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Ross is a figure of success and strength for the transgender community and for the human rights equality campaign. She can currently be seen as Candy on FX’s “Pose.” Ross most recently became the first trans actress to appear as a starring regular on back to back projects (“Pose” and “American Horror Story”). Apart from acting, Angelica Ross is the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization that aims to help lift people out of poverty through technical training and digital work.
The candidates that are currently confirmed to be there include Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Sestak, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson. Each candidate will have the opportunity to lay out their plans for improving LGBTQ+ acceptance and rights across the nation during the forum, and the event will be live-streamed from Coe College’s Sinclair Auditorium on September 20th.
“This LGBTQ Presidential Forum is a pivotal moment in the 2020 election cycle,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, in a press release. “It’s the first time that LGBTQ issues will be exclusively discussed by 2020 presidential candidates on a national stage. … We look forward to hearing how the 2020 candidates plan to reverse the attacks and rollbacks of the Trump Administration and put LGBTQ Americans on a course to 100% acceptance.”