Ross to make history as first Transgender to host presidential forum

Angelica Ross
Angelica Ross has been booked to host the national 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues which is held on 20 September.

Pink News reports that the Pose actress will chair the event that features lawmakers, such as Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Sestak, Elizabeth Warren and Marianne Williamson debating their cases for the White House.

The event, sponsored by GLAAD One Iowa, The Gazette, and The Advocate, will see each politician asked to present their plan to improve LGBT+ rights in the US.

“More than 124 anti-LGBTQ attacks in policy and rhetoric from the Trump administration, including the president’s ban on transgender Americans from serving in the military and the administration’s opposition to the Equality Act,” GLAAD wrote in a press release on the announcement.

“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 percent acceptance,” added GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

The event will be broadcast live from Coe College’s Sinclair Auditorium in Iowa where Ross said, in a tweet, that she’s “ready and excited” to host the forum and will “ensure that presidential candidates are talking about issues important to LGBTQ voters”.

Ross’ stint on the FX show Pose saw her gain critical acclaim, making waves for powerfully highlighting the epidemic of violence against transgender women of colour in the US.

She’s since risen as a transgender activist, receiving the Trailblazing Award at the 8 th Annual Pure Heat Community Festival during Black Pride Weekend.

Though she’s expressed her willingness to get started, Ross did express her concern for why several high-profile contenders, chiefly Bernie Sanders, for not participating.