HRCF, CNN Announce Partnership for Historic LGBTQ Town Hall

2019 SEP 05 – This morning, we were excited to announce that CNN will be the exclusive broadcast partner of the HRC Foundation’s presidential town hall for Democratic candidates on Thursday, October 10 in Los Angeles. This historic event, entitled Power of Our Pride, marks the first time a presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues will be broadcast on a major national cable news network — and already, six 2020 candidates have committed to participate: Biden, Buttigieg, Castro, Harris, Klobuchar, and Warren. CNN will air the event exclusively live during prime time on CNN and CNN en Español, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. The event is set to take place on the eve of National Coming Out Day, a celebration of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. We would love your help in spreading the word about this historic event, talking about it on air, and celebrating the participation of so many 2020 candidates in this remarkable evening.

Here’s some sample social, an image share and talking points for your appearances:


1) On the eve of #NationalComingOutDay, @HRC Foundation has teamed up w/ @CNN on a historic #PowerOfOurPride Town Hall featuring 2020 candidates. For the 1st time, a major ntl. cable news network will showcase a live primetime presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues 

2) Mark your calendars for @HRC Foundation’s #PowerOfOurPride Town Hall!
🗓️ Thursday, October 10
📺 @CNN and @CNNEE
🇺🇸 2020 Democratic presidential candidates
🏳️‍🌈 Issues important to the LGBTQ community

3) Wow — the @HRC Foundation just announced a historic #PowerOfOurPride presidential town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues in partnership w/ @CNN. On Oct 10 millions of people across the country & world will get to hear from the candidates about visions & agendas for LGBTQ equality. 🏳️‍🌈


  • On the eve of National Coming Out Day (Oct. 10), the Human Rights Campaign Foundation & CNN have teamed up on a historic presidential town hall focused on issues of importance to the LGBTQ community. This live primetime event — titled Power of Our Pride — will mark the first time in history that a major cable news network will air a presidential event devoted to LGBTQ issues and the first time in history that a presidential LGBTQ-focused town hall will be aired on a Spanish news outlet.
  • There are more than 10 million LGBTQ voters across America today — and 57 million Equality Voters — who are eager to hear from Democratic presidential candidates about how they are going to fight for the community. 
    • HRC worked with Catalyst to develop the “Equality Voter Model” that identified the 57 million Americans who prioritize LGBTQ-inclusive policies, including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity when making electoral decisions.    
  • After a decade of swift progress including nationwide marriage equality, many people don’t realize the state of inequality for LGBTQ people is a real and persistent problem:
    • In 30 states, LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who they are. 
    • 35 states have not yet banned the child abuse known as “conversion therapy.” 
    • LGBTQ youth continue to face elevated levels of bullying and rejection, and many associated physical and mental health challenges. 
    • At least 100 transgender people — most of whom are transgender women of color — have been killed in the United States in the last 5 years, and the FBI reports that hate crimes are rising. 
    • Transgender troops have been unconstitutionally banned from serving openly in our military. 
  • The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, an arm of the Human Rights Campaign,  the world’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, has worked to convene this town hall in partnership with CNN so that Democratic presidential candidates can share their agendas for winning full federal equality, defending the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people, and protecting the most vulnerable among us.
  • LGBTQ voters have been among the most engaged and fastest growing coalition of Democratic primary voters.
    • More than any other time in history, candidates are actively engaging LGBTQ people at the grassroots level, releasing policy after policy detailing their plans to help improve the lives of LGBTQ people in more granularity than ever before. 
    • Today, there are an estimated minimum of 10 million LGBTQ voters nationwide who will play a decisive role in the 2020 election. 
  • The Trump-Pence administration has been no friend to the LGBTQ community. In reality, it has:
    • Rescinded key protections for transgender students, 
    • Appointed two new conservative justices to the Supreme Court, 
    • Banned transgender troops from serving openly in the military, 
    • Repeatedly sought to license discrimination against LGBTQ people in healthcare, housing, public accommodations and other key aspects of everyday life

This presidential town hall, titled Power of Our Pride, will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019 — the eve of National Coming Out Day — at the Novo Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, California. The event will be town hall-style, with each candidate receiving dedicated time to answer questions one by one from moderators and audience members about their plans for addressing LGBTQ rights as president. It will mark the first time a major cable news network carries an LGBTQ-focused presidential event and is expected to be the largest-ever audience for such an event. For reference, in July, CNN’s Democratic Presidential Debate drew over 10.7 million viewers. The qualifying criteria for this town hall will be the same as the DNC September & October debates.

The HRC Foundation last hosted presidential town halls in 2004 and 2008. In 2004, the HRC Foundation’s town hall included Sen. John Kerry; Rep. Dennis Kucinich; Sen. Carol Moseley Braun; Gov. Howard Dean; Sen. Joe Lieberman; Rev. Al Sharpton; and Sen. Richard Gephardt. And the 2008 town hall included then-Senator Hillary Clinton, then-Senator Barack Obama, Sen. Mike Gravel, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Sen. John Edwards and Gov. Bill Richardson.