Sen. Kamala Harris Releases Her Plan For LGBTQ+ Equality

L-R Shangela, Sen. Kamala Harris (screen captures)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) mixed and mingled with supporters at the West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey on Wednesday night prior to the LGBTQ Town Hall co-sponsored by HRC & CNN on Thursday night.

At one point during the event, the California senator also got a lesson from RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Shangela on how to properly clack a fan.

Certainly a skill the first woman president would need, yes?

Shangela shared the moment on Instagram with 1.2 million followers:

Today, Harris released her proposal for LGBTQ Equality titled, “Kamala’s LGBTQ+ Plan to Provide Equality and Dignity for All.”

Harris announced the plan on Twitter writing, “Today, I introduced a plan to ensure everyone in the LGBTQ+ community is able to live proudly and openly, without fear of discrimination. We can restore equality and dignity in the White House.”

In the plan, Harris says she will repeal the Trump/Pence Hate Agenda:

• Reverse Trump’s ban on transgender service members

• Ensure that questions about the LGBTQ+ community are included in the census

• Enforce federal civil rights laws that protect LGBTQ+ people

• Ensure religion cannot be used to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals

Additionally, Harris promises to establish a Chief Advocate for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the White House, sign the Equality Act into law, sign the Student Non-Discrimination Act into law, and require homeless shelters that receive federal funds cannot discriminate again LGBTQ+ youth.

Regarding HIV, the California senator proposes requiring all insurance plans to cover PrEP as well as bring the cost of the medication down using the government’s authority.

Also in the medical arena, Harris wants to ensure health care coverage of gender confirmation surgery and other gender transition health services as well as guarantee coverage for reproductive services for all LGBTQ+ people including trans and gender non-binary people through her Medicare For All plan.

In terms of crime and the justice system, Harris proposes improving the tracking and reporting of hate crimes, end profiling of LGBTQ+ people by law enforcement, and reform the criminal justice system addressing the disproportionate hard the system has on LGBTQ+ people.

There’s much more on Harris’s campaign website here.

Earlier today, Instinct also reported on newly-released LGBTQ plans by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.

Don’t forget to watch the LGBTQ Town Hall tonight on CNN beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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