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Democratic Platform Promises Bold Action for Racial, LGBTQ+ Equality

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Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi The Democratic Party’s 2020 platform has been released for consideration by convention delegates before they vote on it, and it’s the most inclusive ever for LGBTQ+ people.

The platform is the first from either major party to include the terms “LGBTQ,” “transgender women of color,” “nonbinary,” “nonconforming,” or “gender confirmation surgery,” said Meghan Stabler, a Democratic activist and member of the platform committee, who is a trans woman.

“The 2020 DNC Platform is the most inclusive platform ever for LGBTQ+ people,” Stabler told The Advocate via email. “I’m personally proud as a member of the DNC Platform Committee to have offered dozens of amendments to the platform on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, all of which were accepted. While it vows to protect transgender health, pass the Equality Act, and undo the anti-LGBTQ policies of the Trump administration, it also calls for training within the criminal justice system to ensure transgender and gender-nonconforming people receive fair and equitable treatment and for the ending of discriminatory exclusions that harm transgender students, service members, veterans, and their family members.”

“We will give hate no safe harbor,” the preamble to the platform states. “We will never […]

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