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Covering 2020: The Issues, A Tip Sheet for Journalists Covering the Election

Covering 2020: The Issues, A Tip Sheet for Journalists Covering the Election

For LGBTQ people and queer people of color, this is the most consequential election of our lifetime.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have disproportionately affected people of color and LGBTQ people of color. The long overdue reckoning on racial and social inequalities and police-related violence have further sharpened demands to be heard. In a year of unprecedented danger and more uncertainty ahead, all Americans, especially those at increased risk, are watching closely to see how national, state and local candidates meet the challenges facing all of us.

Unfortunately, some threats are coming from the government itself - in a lack of effective leadership to confront the pandemic and in direct efforts to erase rights from vulnerable people. GLAAD tracks anti-LGBTQ policy and rhetoric in our Trump Accountability Project. In July 2020, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed the Trump administration has a “great record” with the LGBTQ community. The record demonstrates otherwise.

GLAAD does not endorse or oppose candidates for elected office. GLAAD’s role as the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization is to ensure that candidates, the media and voters have information to understand LGBTQ lives and issues and to report on them in a fair, accurate and inclusive way. These are some of the issues to include in your coverage.

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GLAAD's 2020 Election Action Center

Trump Accountability Project

Commentator Accountability Project