Monday, August 25, 2008

The LGBT Community: Ready for Our Convention Close-Ups

This afternoon, the Democratic Party will kick off its 2008 convention in Denver, which will be followed, in short order, by the GOP's gathering in Minneapolis just a few days later. And this year, more than at any other time in political party history, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) voters, delegates and families are playing a significant, visible role.

In Denver, a record number of LGBT delegates are part of the Democratic faithful who will be officially nominating the party's presidential contender. And, as The New York Times reported on Saturday, LGBT blogs, like Pam's House Blend, are officially credentialed to cover the convention action. Other allied sites, such as The Bilerico Project, will also be reporting from Denver, ensuring that our community's issues don't go unnoticed, or unreported, as the festivities get under way.

Next week, the Log Cabin Republicans will also be on the gound in Minneapolis, where they'll be part of at least four events - including a September 2 Big Tent event and a September 4 salute to openly gay & lesbian delegates and elected officials - that are part of the group's work to increase visibility, acceptance and clout of the LGBT community within the GOP.

And here at the PFLAG blog, we'll keep you updated on any LGBT-related remarks, speeches or news from both conventions. If convention speakers talk about our issues, we'll have reactions here. And whenever our families are part of the conversation, we'll bring you that news, too. So in-between visits to Pam's House Blend, The Bilerico Project and Blog Cabin for convention coverage, be sure to check back here for updates, reactions and news, too. And for helpful insights into the conventions, their purpose and this year's schedules, click here.

Photo by David Scull/The New York Times

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