Biden Campaign to announce Roanoke Vice Mayor Joe Cobb as co-chair of LGBTQ+ Leadership Council

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Monday, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is expected to launch the LGBTQ+ Virginians for Biden-Harris Leadership Council to help mobilize voters ahead of the November election.

The campaign shared the list of members exclusively with WFXR News ahead of the formal announcement.

The co-chairs of the Council include two Roanoke politicians: City Council candidate Peter Volosin and Vice Mayor Joe Cobb.

“Trump has rolled back some of the really progressive and important steps that President Obama made,” said Cobb. “Trump has completely reneged on his promise to be supportive of the LGBTQ community, in particular towards the transgender community.”

He described what he sees as next steps in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality.

“We’ve been a leading locality in the state in terms of adoptions from foster care, and many of those families in Roanoke are LGBTQ families. And so we’ve provided leadership in that regard, but we need that leadership nationally, and we need it from the President of the United States.”

Cobb also said he believes a Biden Administration would push the Equality Act through Congress and signed into law.

The Equality Act would extend nondiscrimination protections that exist for other protected groups and apply them to the LGBTQ community in areas like housing and employment.

A similar law, the Virginia Values Act, went into effect in Virginia earlier this year.

According to an advanced copy of a press release, co-chairs of the Council include:

  • State Senator Adam Ebbin (Alexandria)
  • Delegate Danica Roem (Manassas Park)
  • Delegate Mark Sickles (Alexandria)
  • Vice Mayor Joe Cobb (Roanoke)
  • Fairfax School Board Member Karl Frisch
  • Jay Fisette (Arlington)
  • Maggie Sacra (Midlothian)
  • Charley Conrad (Arlington)
  • Caryl Quinn (Midlothian)
  • Brian Reach (Fairfax)
  • Crystal Suber (Richmond)
  • Deanna Bayer (Dumfries)
  • Peter Volosin (Roanoke)
  • Rodrigo Velasquez (Springfield)
  • Robert Martin (Spotsylvania)

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