Democratic National Convention 2012

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While Dolan prayed, his church preyed…

Saturday, September 8, 2012
While Cardinal Timothy Dolan prayed at the Democratic Convention against my family and for the unborn, a Catholic leader in Kansas City, Bishop Robert W. Finn, was convicted of covering up the crimes of a pedophile priest, Rev. Shawn Ratigan, who liked to take nude pictures of the barely born... [ Read more → ]

HRC: The 12 Best Equality Moments in Charlotte (Video)

Friday, September 7, 2012
This was a historic convention for the LGBT community in Charlotte. Dozens of speakers – including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, activist Zach Wahls, Tammy Baldwin, Rahm Emanuel, and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – spoke out for LGBT equality as part of a broader narrative about what makes our nation strong. [ Read more → ]

Out Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), one of only four openly-LGBT members of Congress, took the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, in a a prime-time opportunity to introduce herself to the nation. [ Read more → ]

Zach Wahls, son of lesbian parents, addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Zach Wahls, a 21-year-old gay rights activist raised by lesbian parents, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday evening, and praised President Barack Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage, while criticizing GOP Mitt Romney for opposing it. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)

Barney Frank slams gay Republicans for ‘willing to be accepted with no rights’

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), speaking at an LGBT caucus meeting at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday slammed gay Republicans for supporting the GOP even as their party works to deny rights for the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]

Bill Clinton delivers rousing speech at Democratic Convention (Video)

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A rousing speech from former President Bill Clinton that capped off Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention was well-received by attendees, although the day wasn’t free of controversy. [ Read more → ]

Openly gay California Assembly speaker addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez took to the podium Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and praised President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for coming out in support of marriage equality, calling it evidence that the Administration is working to protect and advance “opportunities” for all American people. [ Read more → ]

Michelle Obama asks LGBT DNC guests for election help

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First lady Michelle Obama was an honored guest this afternoon at a Human Rights Campaign and Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund luncheon to honor LGBT elected officials. [ Read more → ]

Openly gay Democrats take the podium at Democratic Convention

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first official day of the Democratic National Convention showcased the party’s solidarity with the LGBT community as speakers — including several openly gay Democrats — took to the podium to voice support and delegates approved for the first time a platform that endorses marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

First Lady, San Antonio Mayor electrify opening night at Democratic Convention

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC — In uncompromising honesty — tinged with personal emotion and a great deal of passion — the two major speeches of the opening night of the 2012 Democratic Convention appeared to have electrified both convention goers as well as millions watching on live broadcasts. [ Read more → ]
‘With your efforts we have been able to move our country forward,’ said Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser.

DNC 2012: Jubilant LGBT delegates vow to support Obama

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hours before the Democratic National Convention’s opening session was called to order Tuesday night, a record number of more than 550 LGBT delegates, alternate delegates and convention committee members met as a recognized convention caucus. [ Read more → ]

Democrats vote to adopt party platform endorsing ‘freedom to marry’

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic Party on Tuesday voted to support the freedom to marry as an official plank in the Party’s platform, putting the party on record as the first major political party in U.S. history in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples.... [ Read more → ]

Ad targets Obama’s support of same-sex marriage during Democratic Convention

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Campaign for American Values political action committee has launched a new advertising campaign aimed at independent voters and Democrats unhappy with the President's position on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Democrats unveil historic party platform backing ‘freedom to marry,’ ENDA

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On the eve of their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., the Democratic Party on Monday unveiled its official platform, one that supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians -- an historic first for a national U.S. political party. [ Read more → ]
LGBT organizers in Charlotte talk about their plans to highlight queer and youth issues during the DNC (from left: Loan Tran, Gelisa Stitt, Matt Hickson and openly lesbian Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield.

Democratic Convention attracts LGBT youth organizers

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates and guests will celebrate the renomination of President Barack Obama this week as thousands more people show up to protest the national political convention. [ Read more → ]

First Lady Michelle Obama to address LGBT DNC luncheon

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at a special luncheon presented by several national and local LGBT organizations on Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Nearly 1,000 attend for evening of entertainment and fellowship before start of Democratic Convention.

Record number of LGBT participants descend on Charlotte for Democratic Convention

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte, N.C, this week, and will be attended by at least 534 official LGBT participants, according to National Stonewall Democrats, a marked increase in LGBT participation from four years ago in Denver where just over 350 LGBT participants were identified. [ Read more → ]
Stuart Milk came to Charlotte's local LGBT Pride festival last weekend on behalf of the president's reelection campaign.

Stuart Milk: Obama is a ‘no-brainer’ for the LGBT community

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama's campaign has put a premium on North Carolina, a swing state that turned blue in 2008 for the first time since Jimmy Carter first ran for president in 1976. Placing the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina's largest city... [ Read more → ]
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.

Democratic Convention to bring prominent LGBT attendees to Charlotte

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. [ Read more → ]
Members of the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s staff, board and volunteers talk about their plans for the upcoming DNC and their recent Pride Charlotte Festival, held Aug. 25-26.

Charlotte’s LGBT community prepares for Democratic Convention

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Volunteers and business owners in the LGBT community have been hard at work ensuring their visitors and guests during the week of the Democratic National Convention receive star treatment. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Anti-LGBT Archbishop tapped to give closing prayer at Democratic Convention

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, and one of the Catholic Church’s leading voices against marriage equality, has been tapped by the Democratic party to deliver the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Out congresswoman among speakers slated for DNC

Saturday, August 25, 2012
CHARLOTTE — Out lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is among several additional speakers expected at the Democratic National Convention announced this week by event organizers. [ Read more → ]
Jerame Davis

Democrats on track to break records with LGBT convention delegates

Thursday, August 23, 2012
The upcoming Democratic National Convention is set to have a record number of openly LGBT delegates, although goals for some states aren’t being met, according to new data from the National Stonewall Democrats. [ Read more → ]
DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan talks inclusion, party platform and convention planning in his office in Uptown Charlotte.

Countdown underway toward open and inclusive Democratic Convention

Saturday, August 11, 2012
CHARLOTTE — Walk into Steve Kerrigan’s office on the 13th floor of the old Wachovia Center in Uptown Charlotte and you’ll get a sense that this is a man on the move. He has no choice. The countdown clock mounted firmly across from his desk says it all. The 2012 Democratic National Convention used to be months away, but time is ticking. [ Read more → ]

Democratic platform draft language on marriage equality, ENDA revealed

Thursday, August 9, 2012
The draft language in the Democratic Party platform endorsing marriage equality has been revealed and shown to say “we support marriage equality” is set to become a tenet of the party’s beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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