Jill Biden is the modern version of a gay icon that Melania Trump wishes she could be

Both Melania Trump and Dr. Jill Biden will at tonight’s presidential debate, where they will watch their husbands face off for the first time in the 2020 election.

The two women couldn’t be more different, and we’re not just talking about their party affiliations. While the former Second Lady has been busy traveling the country, campaigning for her husband, and working tirelessly to bring a divided nation together, her Republican counterpart has kept herself locked away in the White House, not engaging with anyone, and couldn’t seem less interested in, frankly, anything. 

Another way they differ is in their relationships with LGBTQ people.

On paper, Melania Trump checks all the right boxes for being a stereotypical, late ’90s/early ’00s, Sex and the City sort of gay icon. She’s beautiful (at least on the outside), she’s sex positive (as exemplified by her willingness to overlook her husband’s infidelities), and she’s a little bit of a rebel (she really doesn’t care, do U?). She also has nudes, which should make her relatable… except that she’s married to the worst president in American history who has spent the past three and a half years chipping away at LGBTQ rights.

Dr. Biden, on the other hand, is more like an updated 2020 version of a gay icon, which is so much cooler. She’s smart (she has a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and doctoral degree), she doesn’t take anyone’s sh*t (just ask Jake Tapper), and she’s been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ people since even before her husband became the highest-ranking U.S. government official to publicly support same-sex marriage in 2012.

In 2009, Dr. Biden received a standing ovation while speaking before the GLSEN’s Respect Awards in New York City. During her speech, she talked about making schools safer for all students, particularly LGBTQ youths. She spoke at the awards again in 2017.

In 2011, she gave remarks at PFLAG’s 2011 National Convention, where she encouraged the room to continue working to change hearts and minds.

And in 2018, she introduced her husband at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner in Washington, D.C., where she talked briefly about the Biden Foundation’s commitment to LGBTQ equality.

More recently, Dr. Biden has been meeting with LGBTQ groups and communities on behalf of the Biden campaign.

In January, she hosted a happy hour event at a gay bar in Des Moines (back when we could still go to bars). In March, she spoke to members of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus. And in April, she held an online happy hour with LGBTQ leaders from across the country that included a musical performance by Cyndi Lauper.

Dr. Biden’s Instagram page, which has over 500,000 followers, is also filled with nods to gay culture.

For instance, she’s friends with Cher

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Babe, I got you babe! #grateful

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She posts fabulous throwback photos…

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We Bidens sure do love our aviators #TBT

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She hangs out with the guys from Queer Eye (from a safe distance, of course)…

And she promotes love everywhere she goes (even during spin class)…

She’s also pretty consistently on point with her fashion choices.

Like this navy polkadot number paired with a tasteful red cardigan and heels…

These fierce knee high black boots and matching black face mask…

These black and white pumps and cuffed sleeve blazer…

And this ruffle sleeve smock dress…

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Build Bark Better. Happy #NationalDogDay

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Oh, and let’s not forget that strategically placed rainbow sign in the background during her DNC speech last month.

Yep, it’s official. We’ve just decided. Jill Biden is the modern day version of a gay icon that Melania Trump wishes she could be.

Tonight’s presidential debate will take place from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. ET. Chris Wallace from Fox News will serve as moderator. LGBTQ Nation will be live tweeting throughout the night.