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The Human Rights Campaign had to refashion its National Dinner this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it pivoted to a virtual event that took place Thursday called “United for Equality Live.”
Presidential candidate Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Buttigieg, Annette Bening, Pose star Dominique Jackson, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Titus Burgess and The Simpsons vet Yeardley Smith were among those who appeared alongside Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David in delivering remarks.
“This has been an unprecedented, unpredictable year, but one that has made clear the vital importance of community and our collective responsibility to fight for the future of our nation,” said David. “We continue to grapple with our families and friends dying and the Trump-Pence administration’s woefully inadequate response to COVID-19. We have seen and participated in widespread protests against systemic racism and police violence across the country. And now, we are facing an election that has only become more critical after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Our rights and our democracy should not be debatable or negotiable.”
In his remarks, Biden said the White House should not be a source of opposition, fear or oppression, adding, “It should be a source of hope and moral courage and unification. Together, we’ll pass the Equality Act, protect LGBTQ youth, expand access to health care, support LGBTQ workers, win full rights for the transgender community.”
Bening also turned her attention to the LGBTQ community, focusing specifically on transgender citizens. She and Warren Beatty have a transgender son. “We as a society need to listen to the trans community and let them teach us about what discrimination feels like, what it’s like to be harassed in school, not have health care…And we especially need to listen to trans women of color,” said Bening.
Other remarks from the event can be seen below.
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