Presidential Hopefuls Sanders and Yang Turn Down LGBT Town Hall Invite

CNN will be hosting its second topical town hall (the first being about climate change) in October of 2020 to discuss important LGBTQ+ issues. Hosted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in Los Angeles, invitations went out to various candidates to speak at this Democratic presidential town hall, including Presidential hopefuls Senator Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang. Both hopefuls are said to have turned down the invitation due to “scheduling conflicts.” The turning-down of the invitation for Sen. Bernie Sanders is of particular interest because the HRC accused Sanders during the 2016 presidential election for saying the HRC was part of the “political establishment.” Other speakers who were invited and accepted so far to the 2020 LGBT town hall called “Power of our Pride” include: former Vice President Joseph Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer.