Washington, DC – President-elect Joe Biden will provide brief remarks this Friday at the 2020 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference during a plenary session to honor the 10-year anniversary of repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ In the pre-recorded remarks, President-elect Biden will congratulate U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi on receiving LGBTQ Victory Institute’s LGBTQ History Maker Award for her successful effort to repeal the legislation. The remarks will be the first time President-elect Biden has appeared before an LGBTQ organization since winning the presidential election.
The remarks from President-elect Biden at 12pm ET will be followed by a live interview with Speaker Pelosi and Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post. The award will be presented by former U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy.
The award ceremony will be followed by a distinguished hour-long panel with Admiral Michael Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama; and Dr. Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center. The conversation will be moderated by Capehart.
Additional congratulatory remarks will be provided during the award ceremony by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, Tim Gunn, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Cyndi Lauper, Tiffany Muller, Jim Obergefell,Gina Ortiz Jones and U.S. Rep. Mark Takano.
The International LGBTQ Leaders Conference is the largest gathering of LGBTQ elected officials in the world and will take place virtually from December 3 – 5. Registration for the conference and the “Ten Years Later: The Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” event is free. Members of the media can register for conference for free online to attend the event.
The event’s Executive Sponsor is The TAWANI Foundation on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.
What: Ten Years Later: The Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
at the 2020 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference
When: Friday, December 4, 12pm ET – 1:30pm ET (panel from 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET)
Speakers: President-elect Joe Biden
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Dr. Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Win the Era PAC and Action Fund
Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank
Tim Gunn, Fashion Icon and Author
Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
Gina Ortiz Jones, Air Force and Iraq War Veteran
U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III
Cyndi Lauper, Co-Founder and Board Member of True Colors United
Admiral Michael Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Tiffany Muller, President & CEO of End Citizens United
Former U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy, 32nd Under Secretary of the Army
Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in Obergefell v Hodges
U.S. Representative Mark Takano
More information is available at lgbtqleaders.com.