Barack Obama on LGBT Equality

January 31, 2008 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

One thing is clear about the race for the Democratic presidential nomination between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: by voting in large numbers LGBT voters can play a crucial role in deciding who will be our next president. Hillary Clinton would be a fine choice as president for LGBT voters. Barack Obama would be better.

Throughout the campaign Barack Obama has spoken out about his strong support for LGBT equality in front of gay and non-gay audiences and often unprompted by questions. No other candidate did this.

Here is one example from a discussion between young voters and Obama sponsored by MTV.

When Obama speaks about LGBT people and our fight for civil rights he doesn’t just speak about us in an isolated fashion. He weaves our lives, hopes and dreams into his vision of what the United States can be.

When he spoke at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led before his death, Obama spoke to a Black and Christian audience about homophobia, anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant hysteria. That’s something that no other presidential candidate has either the courage or vision to do.

Especially relevant are 9 min 4 sec — 13 min 19 sec:

Most recently in the Democratic debate in South Carolina, Obama talked about the importance of supporters of LGBT equality and reproductive rights to reach out to religious voters.

Especially relevant are 3 min — 4 min 55 sec.

Looking at all of this it is clear to me as a gay man that Barack Obama is the best presidential hope for the LGBT community.

Read Barack Obama’s guest post for Bilerico.

Read Barack Obama’s platform on LGBT issues.


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Campaigns, Democrats, LGBT, Liberals, Politics, Video, YouTube. Tags: , , , , .

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