Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin at the LGBT Caucus.
This afternoon, at a standing-room-only meeting of the LGBT Caucus, speakers including Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Congresswoman and Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin talked about how far the caucus has come since its early days, when there were only a handful of LGBT delegates. This year, there are more than 500 LGBT delegates at the Democratic National Convention—a record number—representing every single state.
Rick from New Hampshire said of the caucus:
"We talked about the need to re-elect the President because he stands for fairness and equality for everybody. And it listed the achievements he's done for the LGBT community that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would wipe out in a matter of days. I think it's a great addition, I think it's about time. It moves everyone forward, it moves no one backwards. And I'm proud it was done and supported by the President."
Jan from Michigan left the meeting with a renewed commitment to re-electing the President:
"It reaffirmed every reason why I'm here. I think Barack Obama is historically a fantastic candidate for the LGBT community and we need to get that message out loud and clear, not only to all the LGBT people who of course need to vote for him, but also the people who are our allies who support us but don't realize how different the campaigns are on our issues. So I think that's our big challenge—to get organized, get ourselves together, and get the message out certainly to the LGBT community but also to everybody else that cares about us. When I first heard about it, I started crying. I couldn't believe it. I'm going to be 60 years old soon, and I didn't think that I was ever going to see it in my lifetime. It was so exciting."
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