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Democratic Convention to bring prominent LGBT attendees to Charlotte

Openly LGBT members of Congress, activists, politicians and celebrities expected to attend
Friday, August 31, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Democratic National Convention is expected to bring 35,000 convention delegates, journalists and other guests to Charlotte next week. Among them will be big names in the LGBT community known for their work in national and regional politics and in the media.

Sunday’s LGBT welcome event, the “Unity Through Community” party, will mark the beginning of the week’s celebrity affairs. Club singer Kristine W, popular among the gay community, will headline the event.

Will he or won't he? Anderson Cooper covered the Republican National Convention from afar as Hurricane Isaac bore down on New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast, but could make appearances in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Openly LGBT delegates, politicians and others have been invited to the LGBT welcome event, though no one is certain who will attend.

A source familiar with the party’s organizing told qnotes that former Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese could be in attendance, along with North Carolina’s openly gay Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Charlotte’s openly lesbian City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, a favorite of local LGBT voters.

Other prominent names include several openly LGBT politicians and activists. Colorado’s openly gay Congressman Jared Polis will attend, as will openly gay Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio. Both are serving as delegates to the convention, along with Congressman Barney Frank’s transgender legislative assistant Diego Sanchez.

Other well-known LGBT delegates will include New Jersey trans activist and Democratic National Committee member Babs Siperstein. New York’s delegation will include openly gay State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, openly lesbian labor leader and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and trans activist Melissa Sklarz.

In addition to Polis, other openly gay or lesbian members of Congress are expected. Massachusetts’ Barney Frank is a member of the convention’s Platform Committee.

The Democratic Party became the first of the nation’s two major parties this year to include support for full marriage rights for same-sex couples in their platform. Rhode Island’s openly gay Congressman David Cicilline will also attend, as will Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat in that state.

North Carolina’s only openly gay member of the state legislature, Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford), is also slated to attend the convention as a delegate.

In the entertainment world, the oh-so-gay Scissor Sisters will perform at a private, invitation-only concert at The Fillmore at Uptown’s NC Music Factory after President Barack Obama gives his renomination speech.

But, there’s no word yet on whether Anderson Cooper, freshly out of the closet as America’s most widely-respected openly gay television journalist, will appear in Charlotte. He spent his time covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa from afar, working from New Orleans to cover Hurricane Isaac.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. just no Clint Eastwoods please.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:25pm
  2. I’m surprised he was there at all. He is a supporter of Gay Marriage.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:27pm
  3. Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:29pm
  4. PLEASE>>>>> ask Fat Gina Rinehart everyone favorite “Jersey shore” billionaire………..LOL

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:31pm
  5. Well there are a lot of people who support same sex marriage, but do not support Obama. I was surprised to see him there as well, but Eastwood is probably more fiscally conservative. But I love that the democratic convention is an anti same sex marriage state- its a slap in the face to all the bigots in this country. Woot go Obama!

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:33pm
  6. … Finally!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:19pm
  7. I think the Dems should have immediately pulled the convention from NC the minute they passed the hate inspired marriage statute. No matter the cost, no matter the inconvenience; its time we started using our economic and social clout against the dark side, just as they use theirs against us.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:26pm
  8. Whoa there Gregory! I live in Charlotte and Charlotte along with other large cities like Raleigh, Durham and Asheville voted AGAINST amendment One. First of all the Amendment was put on the primary ballot and not the general election thanks to the slick Republican majority legislature that happened to so many states in the 2010 election!! This resulted in fewer people turning out to vote. There is no way to tell what would happen in a general election. We are a swing state.

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:49pm
  9. Gregory, I forgot one critical element regarding Amendment One in NC, it was put up for vote by the people. I think you need to check those states that have same sex marriage and if it was passed by the people or the Democratically controlled legislatures. You need to check on those states where same-sex marriage is legal and Republicans trying to put it on the ballot to be voted on by the people.

    At this point in history, same sex marriage would have difficulty passing anywhere in this country if left up to the people. Of course, in time this will change.

    The rights of minorities aren’t usually supported by the majority. Do you think the Civil Rights Act would have passed in the 1960s if left up to the people rather than Congress? Do you think white soldiers would have “voted” for integration if they were given the power to vote? It would be no to these questions and many other minority rights if left up to the majority to early in conscious evolution.

    Again, the tides are changing everywhere to include the south but Republican controlled legislatures are deviously smart enough to know to put the one man and one woman on the ballot now before the tides change to much. Unfortunately they are not too bright because amendments aren’t written in stone and can be overturned. They seemed to have forgotten about the 21st Amendment overturning the 18th Amendment of Prohibition. One day, this stupid Amendment One will be overturned also because the tide of conscious evolution is happening everywhere to include the south as in North Carolina, especially Charlotte!!

    Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:43pm