Friday, August 22, 2008

Making a Bigger Difference

As the nation gears up for the Democratic and Republican conventions in the coming weeks, asked LGBT leaders and allies from around the country one challenging and thought-provoking question:

"[W]here would an openly gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender appointee or elected official make the most difference during the next administration?"

Opinion makers from actress Rue McClanahan to entrepreneur Charlie Rounds weighed in.

PFLAG executive director Jody Huckaby also answered the query, calling on Americans to "Imagine the impact of having the first Secretary of Education who is also the parent of a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender school-aged child."

"In the wake of the tragic murder of Lawrence King - and surveys showing that LGBT young people are far more likely than their heterosexual peers to drop out of, or not excel in, school – having a prominent national advocate who understands the importance of setting safe schools goals could make all the difference in the world," he writes.

You can read Jody's full response here. And for other suggestions on LGBT leaders for the next administration, visit online.

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