As the Democratic National Convention nears, Minnesota’s media is focusing on this year’s diverse set of delegates. Fifty of the state’s 109 delegates are people of color, and nine are openly gay or lesbian.Minnesota Public Radio’s story focused on the number of delegates of color versus the state’s people of color population, although it did mention the gay delegates. The Twin Cities’ NBC-affiliate also delved into the diversity breakdown, speaking with two of the nine openly gay delegates.
Summing up what many feel about the diversity of this year’s delegates, Minneapolis City council member Robert Lilligren told the NBC-affiliate: “As a Native American tribal member, as a gay man, I just think it's thrilling to go to Denver; to go a national convention and put a somewhat new and different face on Minnesota.”
It’s exciting to see mainstream local press covering local LGBT delegates, as we’ve advocated for before on this blog. We encourage other local media to follow suit and cover the inclusion of openly LGBT delegates alongside the inclusion of other historically underrepresented communities in this year’s national conventions.
Paul Karr is the Director of Media Field Strategy.
(Photo credit: Minnesota Public Radio)