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Cher raised $2 million for Biden campaign at LGBTQ-themed fundraiser

Cher raised $2 million for Biden campaign at LGBTQ-themed fundraiser
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Singer Cher raised nearly $2 million for Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE in an LGBTQ-themed virtual fundraiser on Monday.

“So ask yourself, do you believe in life after Trump?” Cher asked the audience in a nod to her famous single, “Believe.”

The event featured former South Bend, Ind., Mayor and presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE and other openly gay politicians, such as Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineJustice Department charges Google with illegally maintaining search monopoly Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL MORE (D-R.I.) and Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne Baldwin Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Baldwin calls for Senate hearing on CDC response to meatpacking plant coronavirus outbreak Democrats demand answers from Labor Department on CDC recommendations for meatpacking plant MORE (D-Wis.).

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Cicilline announced at the beginning of the event, which was attended by 500 people, that they had raised nearly $2 million. 

During the fundraiser, Biden pledged to sign the Equality Act in his first 100 days in office.

The bill, which passed the House but has not come up for a vote in the Senate, would add protection for LGBTQ people in various federal statutes. 

The event took place the same day that the the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce endorsed Biden for president.

Democrats have historically polled high among LGBTQ voters, with 82 percent of LGBTQ voters casting their ballot for Democratic House candidates in 2018, according to an NBC News exit poll.

The Trump campaign has also sought to court LGBTQ voters, with Richard GrenellRichard GrenellTrump expected to bring Hunter Biden's former business partner to debate Tiffany Trump campaigns at Trump Pride event: 'I know what my father believes in' Poland moves closer to the US, another Trump foreign policy success MORE, Trump’s former acting Director of National Intelligence, saying in a video that Trump is a champion for LGBTQ rights. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE has done more to advance the rights of gays and lesbians in three years than Joe Biden did in 40 plus years in Washington,” said Grenell, who is openly gay.