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Presidential Hopeful Andrew Yang on Guaranteed Income's LGBTQ Appeal

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Yang says his so-called freedom dividend would be particularly important for those who face discrimination.

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Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, says his plan to give every American a guaranteed income of $1,000 a month is part of his appeal to LGBTQ voters.

"I have many friends in the LGBTQ community, and what they tell me is that they get kicked out of the house at higher levels, that they get fired from jobs at higher levels, so they're very excited about the freedom dividend," as he calls the income plan, Yang said this morning on the BuzzFeed News program AM to DM, cohosted by Advocate editor in chief Zach Stafford. "If we put economic resources directly into people's hands, they can make themselves better able to adjust if they're economically singled out."

Yang said the "freedom dividend" is necessary for everyone because so many industries are transforming, making it hard to identify who's most in need -- so it would be for all Americans, no questions asked.

He also said his LGBTQ platform would include support for programs in schools nationwide to increase acceptance. There would be LGBTQ people in his cabinet and administration, he added.

During the appearance, which kicked off a planned series of AM to DM interviews with 2020 candidates, Yang further discussed his position on abortion (strongly pro-choice), being the father of an autistic child, marijuana legalization, why he decided to appear on the Fox News Channel, and more. Watch the full episode, with other guests and topics, below.

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Trudy Ring

Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.