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Coming out to elected officials.

National LGBTQ Task Force Blog

By Laurie Young, Ph.D., director of aging and economic security, National Gay and LesbianTask Force

On October 10, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine who is running for Senate spoke at a candidate’s forum on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in Fairfax, Virginia (former Governor and Senator George Allen, Governor Kaine’s opponent, was also invited to the event but declined to attend). It was an excellent opportunity for the candidates to listen to concerns of voters about these three government programs that have become a lightning rod during this election season.

Many candidates are offering their opinions as to the relative strength and success of these government funded programs which, together and individually, form a very basic safety-net for all Americans. Nearly everyone benefits at some point in their lives from at least one, if not more, of these programs that promise the benefit of limited income and health insurance. On Social…

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