How to Watch Tonight’s Democratic Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues

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Tonight, 10 Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage in Iowa individually to discuss issues affecting LGBTQ Americans, like the Equality Act, bans on conversion therapy, and some candidates’ controversial records on marriage equality. This will be the first of two forums on LGBTQ issues. (The other is scheduled for October.)

The candidates slated to appear include former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Hawaii rep. Tulsi Gabbard, California Senator Kamala Harris, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Pennsylvania rep. Joe Sestak, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and author Marianne Williamson.

Noticeably absent from the list is Bernie Sanders, who will be unable to appear for both forums due to “scheduling conflicts.” Who might be in the crossfire tonight? Earlier this week, Buttigieg, who is openly gay, faced criticism over statements he made regarding LGBTQ media. (Some advocates have also criticized the mayor for his “reluctance” to discuss issues affecting the LGBTQ community.) Expect him to make some big statements to assuage the fears of LGBTQ voters tonight. And Gabbard, who is known for her controversial Congressional record that included anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, will similarly make efforts to convince voters she’s worthy of the presidency.

If you want to watch tonight’s forum, GLAAD (who is co-sponsoring the forum) will be live-streaming the two-hour event on YouTube beginning at 7pm CT/8pm EDT. NBC News will also be streaming the forum on its website. And for a look at some candidates’ records on LGBTQ issues, be sure to check Splinter’s extensive guide.