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.
Historic number of LGBT delegates reminds us of shared history of marginalization and serves as a call for continued work toward full inclusion.
Full prepared remarks for President Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech include comments standing up for gay citizens and other minorities often scapegoated for America’s problems.
US Sen. Dick Durbin: “I cannot remember a more touching ceremony than when [Obama] gathered us together to finally see the end of the discrimination of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, addressed the Democratic National Convention tonight.
Dr. Jill Biden, America’s Second Lady, addressed the delegates and attendees of the Democratic National Convention tonight.
Police have locked down the exterior doors of Time Warner Cable. For about an hour, delegates and guests have been prohibited from entering the venue. Inside, the convention floor has been restricted off and on all evening. QNotes’ photographer was able to gain access shortly after 8:30 p.m. John Kerry at podium now.