How many of the companies who benefited from the $50 million in city DNC expenses have employment non-discrimination policies that match the city’s? How much money landed in the hands of companies who practice — or, at the very least, refuse to prohibit — the types of discrimination the city itself says is wrong?
For many, 2012 was a landmark year. It was full of activism and advocacy. Community organizations grew and changed. North Carolinians banded together in the face of an anti-LGBT amendment. The community grew closer and stronger. The amendment, by far, will rank atop any imaginable list of the major stories of the year, as it does here. But, there were certainly other noteworthy happenings over the past 12 months. Good or bad or otherwise, these moments are the hallmarks of this year’s LGBT history.
“We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems — any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.”
QPoll: Were you impressed with Charlotte’s hosting of the DNC? Did everything go over smoothly? Did Charlotte really shine?
Were you impressed with Charlotte’s hosting of the DNC? Did everything go over smoothly? Did Charlotte really shine?
Organizers for the Democratic National Convention last week said they wanted to have the most open and accessible convention in history. From the looks of things, all went as planned, as thousands of convention delegates and guests packed into Uptown Charlotte with thousands more protesters, lookers-on and native Charlotteans looking to get into a bit of the DNC action.
A who’s who of LGBT and LGBT-friendly politicians, party leaders and other special guests gathered at the last LGBT caucus of the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Thursday.
With flags, banners and signs flying as chants and applause filled Time Warner Cable Arena, President Barack Obama on Thursday accepted his nomination to run again for president.
The 2012 Democratic Convention proved to be reflective of the country’s “melting pot” moniker in multiple ways. The number of LGBT delegates is historical and record-breaking: 486 in total from every state in the country and a dramatic upswing from the 288 on board for the DNC in ’08.
President Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech has packed out the Time Warner Cable Arena in downtown Charlotte. Anticipating a stirring speech, thousands of delegates and guests began pouring into the venue as early as noon today.
As delegates and party activists arrived in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, several LGBT delegates from Colorado were mixing it up with the other party faithful. While the convention is always a flood of energy and excitement, Elizabeth Harris and Brayden Portillo are riding the high with unbridled enthusiasm.
It hit me as I was standing outside of the convention hall Tuesday looking at all of the various protestors, vendors, and security officers. For the first time, I hadn’t seen any stand-alone religious bigots standing outside and chanting about “perverts” and holding signs about sexual deviants and “the sin of homosexuality.”
The last caucus of LGBT delegates and guests at the Democratic National Convention was held early Thursday afternoon and comments about gay Republicans from outgoing Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank stirred controversy.