Author: Paige Cooperstein

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”

California official calls conversion therapy “emotional torture”


California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom July 27 at the Democratic National Convention. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced his state Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention as “proudly pro-lesbian, pro-gay, pro-bisexual and pro-transgender.”

“At our best, we don’t tolerate our diversity, we celebrate our diversity,” he said. Continue reading “California official calls conversion therapy “emotional torture””

Transgender Pennsylvanians expect great things from Sarah McBride


Sarah McBride. Photo: Philadelphia Gay News Archives

When Delaware native Sarah McBride was a senior at American University, a friend introduced her to another woman who found her way to Washington from the Northeast.

“Her friend hoped I could give her advice on coming out as a public person,” said Mara Keisling, who moved from Pennsylvania to direct the National Center for Transgender Equality.

By 2013, when McBride was student body president, she had already worked on campaigns for Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden. Continue reading “Transgender Pennsylvanians expect great things from Sarah McBride”

Charlotte mayor to Congressman: “We need your help”


U.S. Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island joined a panel with Mayors Against Discrimination July 27 at Philadelphia City Hall. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News

The mayor of Charlotte, N.C., is a tall woman with a quick drawl.

Near the end of an hour-long panel at Philadelphia City Hall during which six representatives of Mayors Against Discrimination shared their cities’ LGBT-inclusive policies, she stood and gave her canary yellow jacket a quick tug.

Continue reading “Charlotte mayor to Congressman: “We need your help””