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Amy Klobuchar listens while Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Democratic presidential debate July 30. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

CNN released new details Wednesday on its upcoming 2020 Democratic town hall on LGBTQ issues, hosted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The event will take place on Oct. 10, 5 days before the 4th round of primary debates.

Catch up quick: So far, 9 candidates will attend. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former tech executive Andrew Yang declined to participate, citing scheduling conflicts, CNN reports. Candidates are eligible to attend if they meet DNC qualifications for October's primary debates.

Who's going, in order of town hall appearance:

  • Billionaire Tom Steyer
  • Sen. Cory Booker
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro

The big picture: For the past 2 years, the Trump administration has worked to undo a large portion of Obama-era protections granted to the LGBTQ community, particularly for transgender Americans.

  • Booker, Castro, Warren and Biden are among higher-polling candidates who have already referenced specific LGBTQ issues, such as transgender rights.

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