Category: Out in Philly

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”

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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””

Out Indiana mayor warns of danger with Pence on GOP ticket


Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., addresses the Pennsylvania delegation breakfast July 26. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News

Most Americans are not aware of how extreme Mike Pence is, the openly gay mayor of a university town in Indiana told PGN.

“We’re talking about probably the most extreme ideological pick in my lifetime,” said Pete Buttigieg, the 34-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party. “While he’s a very nice guy, there would be very serious consequences to having him as vice president, especially in a presidency like what Donald Trump has in mind.” Continue reading “Out Indiana mayor warns of danger with Pence on GOP ticket”

Casey: “Bernie Sanders did a great job for our party and for our country”

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey addresses the Pennsylvania delegation breakfast July 26. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News

After a day of disruptions that looked ironic in the face of the “United Togeher” theme for the start of the Democratic National Convention, speakers at Tuesday’s Pennsylvania delegation breakfast bent over backwards to get the party to believe in unity.

“After today, there’s no such thing as Hillary folks or Bernie folks. We’re all together folks,” said Marcel Groen, chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Continue reading “Casey: “Bernie Sanders did a great job for our party and for our country””