STATEMENT BY GLAAD PRESIDENT AND CEO SARAH KATE ELLIS ON ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE FOR JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS AS PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

December 18, 2020

Contact:
Barbara Simon
Head of News and Campaigns
bsimon@glaad.org

“State electors have made official what's been known for weeks: Joe Biden will be our 46th President and Kamala Harris our first female, Black and Indian American Vice President of the United States. With 306 Electoral College votes and seven million more ballots cast in the popular vote, the American people have spoken, in no small part thanks to a record turnout of LGBTQ voters and other diverse Americans. This win is shared by all who showed up to demand equality and for our country to return to the forward path. Congratulations, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on your historic victory.”

The LGBTQ Vote

GLAAD’s post-election poll found 93% of LGBTQ respondents voted in the 2020 election, with 25% of those voting for the first time. 81% went for President-elect Biden. The top issues for LGBTQ voters are: the COVID-19 response, healthcare, racial justice and LGBTQ equality.

The Washington Post reported that LGBT voters helped tilt Georgia and other key battleground states for President-elect Biden: “Had LGBT voters stayed home, Trump might well have won the 2020 election.”