Thank you, Governor Ted Strickland!
Not only do I miss having him as our Governor, I was sad that Governor Ted Strickland couldn’t be at this year’s Ohio Democratic Party State Convention and Dinner. However, I am overjoyed by what kept him away. He’s the Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee. He couldn’t be at the convention because he was hard at work up in Minneapolis, working on the party platform. What’s so exciting about that? Well for the first time in history, the Democratic Party has included marriage equality in its platform. The 15-member panel unanimously [...]Full Story... →
Gay pride is a positive stance against oppression, exploitation, discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Gay pride is the attitude we embrace in order to promote self-affirmation, equal rights, increase visibility, build community, and celebrate diversity and gender variance. Pride is the antidote to the poison of shame and social stigma. It is how we as a community declare that we belong, and will not tolerate second class citizenship status. When we celebrate pride our allies are invited to join in. Our allies are often bullied and suffer oppression simply because they stand [...]Full Story... →
Have you heard of “Equality Express 2012” yet? I went to the launch party last night. Here’s a video I created about it…
Equality Express is a statewide bus tour created by the organization Equality Ohio. It will last for 2 1/2 weeks and travel to 10 cities. Eleven crew members, who are students at colleges throughout Ohio, will participate in the tour. Each crew member was chosen by a panel of community members. The crew will participate in community service projects, educate people about the legislation we’re working on getting passed to advance equal rights in Ohio, [...]Full Story... →
Last night we gathered with other members of the LGBT community to celebrate President Obama’s historic statement. Now we are proud to say that not only is he our first African-American president, he’s also the first American president to come out in support of marriage equality. Here’s a video of our community’s thoughtful, emotional, playful and silly responses to this joyous occasion for America…
At the event, I also had the honor to also speak with Stephen Hill, the gay soldier who was booed at a Republican debate. President Obama’s leadership on the repeal of [...]Full Story... →