We’ve heard plenty of straight analysis. So now a queer take on our nail-biting national election. Why did Trump get twice as many LGBTQ votes this year as he did in 2016!?* What’s the outlook for LGBTQ rights with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House?
How quickly will a Biden-Harris administration act to reinstate protections Trump took away? Can the Equality Act to require nationwide LGBTQ housing, employment and other protections finally become law? How do Georgia’s Senate run-off elections factor in?
Plus a look at the first US Supreme Court queer rights case heard by new Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. (Oral arguments Nov. 4 were overshadowed by the anxious wait for election results.)
National politics and legal affairs correspondent Lisa Keen breaks down the above and more for you with host Eric Jansen on this week’s Out in the Bay.
*According to national exit poll data, Donald Trump got twice as many LGBT votes this year as he did in 2016. Lisa Keen’s own analysis of queer-heavy precincts shows otherwise, and she explains how both datasets could be valid on this week’s show and in more detail in her article on the topic.
Guest and Resources:
Lisa Keen is national politics and legal affairs correspondent for the Bay Area Reporter and LGBTQ newspapers in eight other cities across the U.S. She’s been covering these subjects for nearly 40 years, including 18 years as editor of one of the nation’s most respected gay newspapers, The Washington Blade (and its eventual sister paper, The New York Blade). She won a Silver Gavel award for her legal reporting from the American Bar Association and was inducted into the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Hall of Fame in 2014.
Ms. Keen is also founder and president of Keen News Service where you can subscribe to her breaking news email list and find her articles, including: Georgia LGBTQs brace for ‘critically important’ battle, Nov. 10, 2020, and Biden wins; strong support from LGBT precincts, Nov. 7, 2020.
If interested in Get Out The Vote efforts for the Georgia US Senate run-off elections Lisa Keen discussed on our show: Jon Ossoff’s campaign runs 3 hour daily phone banks at 12pm and 3pm, info here; Reverend Raphael Warnock’s campaign has options available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, info here. You may also want to check out Reclaim Our Vote.