Optimism was in the air at St. Louis PrideFest this weekend. With the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and, most recently, President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage; the LGBT community has a lot to celebrate – and celebrate they did.
From resounding chants of “Four more years!” as the Obama 2012 banner passed during the parade, to the hundreds of supporters who registered and signed I’m In pledges at the OFA-Missouri booth: it was evident that the LGBT community is pleased with the support and recognition they have received from President Obama and his administration.
One such supporter is Cythinia P. who came to PrideFest on Sunday just to seek out the Obama for President booth.
“ It is wonderful to have a President that truly believes in equality. The strides he has made for the LGBT community in the past year are monumental. First, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and then his support of same-sex-marriage; it is a wonderful feeling to know we have support in the White House. I just had to come out today and show my support.”
A new resident to Missouri, Cynthia wasted little time registering to vote. "Voting is the most important thing we do as citizens, and this election, for me personally, is critical. We can't afford to go back to the way it was before Barack Obama was President."