The Wisconsin Out for Biden Coalition hosted a rally for vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris prior to the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7.
Due to the current public health crisis, the event was hosted over zoom.
The online rally was organized by Biden’s campaign Deputy Coalitions Director, Tony Snell, and the Regional Lead at The Human Rights Campaign, Tre Temperilli, to garner support for vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris before she faced Vice President Mike Pence in the Oct. 7 debate.
The Out for Biden campaign is a get-out-the-vote initiative aimed at mobilizing the 11 million LGBTQ+ voters in the nation, representing all racial and economic backgrounds.
The event featured multiple pro-Biden videos as well as a variety of speakers including representatives from the Human Rights Campaign, Wisconsin state officials, and local Biden supporters.
State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, who is also the 8th District Alderwoman in the City of Milwaukee, said Biden and Harris are candidates who will support the LGBTQ+ community.
“We know Biden and Harris from their records and plans…this makes them the most pro LGBTQ+ equality candidates to seek president and Vvice president,” Zamarripa said.
Following the event, the Wisconsin Out for Biden Coalition invited people to stay on the zoom call and watch the debate with them.
In a statement to Madison365, Snell emphasized the efforts of Biden campaign in regard to LGBTQ+ equality.
“Wisconsinites know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have always stood with LGBTQ+ Americans and that they will fight for an America where all people are treated with respect and dignity — no matter who they are or who they love,” Snell said. “Our grassroots group of LGBTQ+ voters — Out for Biden — is mobilizing the local community here in Madison and all across the state.
“Whether it’s a pre-debate phone bank, weekly virtual events, or organizing around National Coming Out Day, we are reaching our community where they are to discuss the clear choice in this election and to ensure everyone makes a plan to vote,” Snell added.