Although a few of the prominent presidential candidates have pledged to appear at two upcoming LGBTQ-focused forums, Elizabeth Warren has channeled her longtime sincerity into bold, election-winning strategy.
At RuPaul’s DragCon, self-dubbed the “world’s largest” drag convention, the Warren campaign set up a booth to court the vote. The display included a cardboard cutout of the Massachusetts Senator clad in a rainbow boa for event attendees to pose alongside.
Daniel Lander, Warren’s LGBTQ outreach director, said: “Elizabeth was honored to be invited to DragCon. She knows the importance of meeting LGBTQ+ voters where they are, to listen to them and share her plans to protect and lift up the community.”
Season nine “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Shea Couleé stated to NBC News that “the folks at DragCon extended an invitation to all of the Democratic candidates [including South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg]” and Warren was the only one to accept and participate.
“For me, that speaks volumes,” Couleé said.
Senator Warren recorded a special message for the DragCon crowd:
“I’m in this fight for an America that works for everyone, not just for a thinner and thinner slice at the top. I’m in this fight for LGBTQ+ equality,” Warren said in the video. “A record number of trans Americans were killed last year, disproportionately trans women of color. We need to call it out, and we need to fight back.”
Clearly Warren is in it for the long haul to advocate for ALL Americans. In solidarity, she has included her preferred pronouns to her Twitter bio (along with Julian Castro and Bill de Blasio), and uses her platforms to frequently sound the alarm on the murder epidemic of transgender women. Warren has been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ equality for decades, evidenced in 2013 by her sponsoring a bill to unlock tax refunds denied to same-sex couples who were legally married in Massachusetts and other states before the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional.
As LGBTQ voters tend to identify as Democrats, Warren, in reaching out so inclusively, could really clean up in the primaries. New Hampshire and Nevada, early primary states, have higher-than-average LGBTQ populations, according to NBC News. If Warren wins the Democratic nomination, she could replicate Obama’s road to victory with the help of LGBTQ voters in swing states.
Warren’s inroad at DragCon could be an indicator.
“We had so many conversations with so many young people and voters,” Couleé observed from the Warren Campaign booth, “and I think it’s important that we get these young voters fired up and excited about the next presidential election.”
About Candidate Warren, Couleé emphasized, “She’s shown herself to be a great ally.”