Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden delivered the keynote address at a fundraising gala at The Ohio State University Saturday night.
Biden’s speech at The Human Rights Campaign’s Columbus dinner — attended by about 750 people at the Ohio Union — came off very much like a pep talk to the LGBTQIA community.
He reminded listeners that their fight is very much a fight for civil rights, and it’s far from over.
Biden touched on his love for the gay, lesbian, and trans communities, reminding people of how far they’ve come, and how their hard work brought them to this point.
Biden has been vocal about his support for the LGBTQIA community, and organizers felt he was the obvious choice to deliver the speech.
Organizers pointed out that Vice President Biden is a strong and visible ally to the LGBTQIA community in the fight for full federal equality.
Biden was the first sitting Vice President of the United States to express his personal support for marriage equality, the organizers said.
He says that as President, he will make sure their concerns are heard, and action will be taken to address those concerns.
“So much is at stake,” Biden told the crowd. “And we have to come together. You’re already there. To finish this work, it is the civil rights issue of our time…”
Many of the guests were visibly moved by his speech, and some people even yelled from the crowd that he already had their votes.