Washington, DC, October 14, 2015—Last night, the Democratic National Committee held its first televised debate for candidates seeking the party’s nomination for next year’s presidential election in November. In response, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund released the following statement:

“Last night’s debate was a good glimpse into each candidate’s vision for our country’s future. We were very pleased to hear from Clinton, Sanders, and O’Malley about the need to reform the criminal justice system, secure comprehensive immigration reform, and to lift up low income families from poverty. As we know all too well, LGBTQ people—particularly LGBTQ people of color—disproportionately experience poverty, unemployment, and workplace discrimination.

“Also, while some candidates did specifically reference LGBTQ people and #BlackLivesMatter, we eagerly await the candidates’ discussion of specific policy issues at the next debate such as the need for strong and explicit federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people,” said Stacey Long Simmons, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.

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CONTACT:
Jorge Amaro
Media and Public Relations Director
213-842-7564
jamaro@thetaskforce.org

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