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Biden to speak at LGBT group’s fundraising gala in Ohio

May 29, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is set to deliver the keynote address at an LGBTQ civil rights group’s Ohio fundraising gala.

The Human Rights Campaign’s Columbus Dinner is Saturday on the Ohio State University campus.

The group’s president calls Biden “a strong and visible ally to the LGBTQ community” in the fight for “full federal equality.” Chad Griffin says Biden was the first sitting vice president to support marriage equality.

Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj), a rival Democratic presidential contender, described publicly coming out as a gay man at the organization’s gala in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Democrats are courting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender voters as Republican President Donald Trump has moved to reverse recent gains they’ve seen in areas including the military, housing, education and insurance coverage.

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