Clinton pledged to put social and economic justice “front and center”


Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president in her speech July 28 at the party’s convention. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News 

While introducing her mother to accept the Democratic nomination for president and become the first female to do so, Chelsea Clinton staked out her mother’s commitment to LGBT rights.

“I’m voting for the progressive…who believes that women’s rights are human rights, and LGBT rights are human rights, here at home and around the world,” Chelsea Clinton said Thursday night at the party’s convention. Continue reading “Clinton pledged to put social and economic justice “front and center””

Openly gay Dallas sheriff: “Violence is not the answer”


Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez speaking July 28 at the Democratic National Comvention. Photo: Jen Colletta, Philadelphia Gay News

Lupe Valdez, the openly gay sheriff of Dallas County, called community outreach paramount for her deputies when she took the stage Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention.

“We attend all sorts of events,” Valdez said, listing Ramadan, Cinco de Mayo, Pride and others. Continue reading “Openly gay Dallas sheriff: “Violence is not the answer””

Two DNC events talk importance of LGBT candidates


Transgender delegates gathered July 28 at the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News

When LGBT activist Laura Esquivel heard the Democratic nominee for vice president speak Spanish at the party’s convention Wednesday night, she didn’t find it “tokenizing.”

“He has lived with Latinos,” she said. “He has lived and worked in Honduras.” Continue reading “Two DNC events talk importance of LGBT candidates”

First transgender speaker says Clinton understands urgency of fight for equality


Sarah McBride is the first transgender speaker at a political convention. She spoke July 28 at the Democratic National Convention. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News

As openly gay Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney walked onstage Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention to introduce the first transgender speaker at a political convention, rainbow flags popped up in Utah’s and Montana’s delegation sections.

“It’s a beautiful thing when your country catches up to you,” Maloney said and applauded Sarah McBride, who came out as transgender in the pages of her college newspaper. Continue reading “First transgender speaker says Clinton understands urgency of fight for equality”

Obama passes baton to Clinton

Obama passes baton to Clinton

President Obama delivered a rousing farewell address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, culminating in a surprise visit by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. 

Clinton hugged the president and the two walked to both sides of the stage and waved to the raucous crowd without comment before leaving. 

The grand exit capped a night of speeches by political heavyweights, including Obama, Vice President Joe Viden and VP nominee Tim Kaine, who formally accepted his nomination. 

Introduction videosbefore both Biden’s and Obama’s entrances included video footage of their reactions to last year’s Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, bringing deafening cheers from the crowd. Kaine also included a nod to the LGBT community when talking about opportunity for all Americans, free from discrimination based on “who you love.”

Both Obama and Biden started their speeches praising their wives; the vice president laughing that he and Obama “married up,” and the president joking that Michelle “somehow hasn’t aged a day. The same can’t be said for me; my girls remind me all the time.”

Obama went on to review policy victories during his administration, including the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality, cautioning there is still “work to be done.”

Obama referenced ongoing racial tensions, poverty and violence, including the LGBT mass shooting in Orlando. However, he struck a note of positivity saying he’s seen success when Americans of all stripes, including those who are “gay or straight,” work together.

“We’re not done perfecting our union. We’re living up to our founding creed that all of us are created equal and all of us are free in the eyes of God,” he said. “That work involves a big choice this November.”

Biden’s speech had a few humorous turns, as the crowd echoed “not a clue” to his comment about Trump, and tearful moments as Biden spoke about his late son, whose wife was in the audience. But he focused mostly on outlining Trump’s lack of experience, especially on foreign policy, shouting in anger at times and pleading quietly for voters to aid in defeating him at others. 

Biden painted Clinton as a friend to the middle class, saying she understands struggles everyday Americans face like college finances, health-care costs and caring for ailing parents. 

Clinton, Biden said, is the candidate who embodies the virtues of the country. 

“We lead not only by the example of our power but by the power of our example,” he said. “This is the history of the journey of America, and God willing, Hillary Clinton will write the next chapter in that journey.”

Broadway stars unite against gun violence 

Several-dozen Broadway stars joined in song in tribute to lives lost to gun violence at Wednesday’s DNC. 
Indina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Rosie Perez were among the singers who assembled on stage for “What the World Needs Now.” The performers passed the microphone down the line throughout the song, many hugging as they sang.
Many people in the crowd joined the song, which finished with a lengthy chant of “Love trumps hate.”