More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Tammy Baldwin Comments on Democratic Platform’s Promises to LGBT Community
I’ve been blogging about the Democratic Party Platform that is being drafted and will be officially released at the Democratic Convention later this month. There were concerns about the vague language used to describe issues that affect the LGBT community, and reports that the National Stonewall Democrats would be helping the Democratic Party to improve the platform. Now we have a better picture of what the final Democratic Platform may look like. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the openly gay Congresswoman who is heading Barack Obama’s LGBT steering team, weighed in with her views of the document, which she helped put together as a member of the 15 person drafting committee.
Baldwin called the platform a “historic document in terms of LGBT equality” while discussing her work on the platform with reporters. She verified that it will call for a repeal of the controversial “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that restricts gay and lesbian service members from serving openly in the military. Baldwin also addressed concerns over the language of the document, saying that the committee made conscious word choices that would make the clearest policy statements.
The inclusion of an LGBT leader from Congress on the drafting committee of the platform is noteworthy, as are her statements on the historic nature of the platform for LGBT equality. Hopefully major media outlets will start reporting on how the platform relates to and is received by LGBT Democrats. We are all keeping our eyes peeled as new information breaks about what to expect from the Democratic Platform as we draw closer to its final release at the convention.
Cindi Creager is Director of National News.