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Obama LGBT campaign event at Sidetrack
Based on a news release

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The first LGBT-specific fundraiser and kick off event for the 2012 Obama campaign happens at Sidetrack, Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets, $20, at, and RSVP at

Statement from the Organizers:

Over the last two and a half years President Obama has brought about historic change for the LGBT community — signing the repeal of DADT, declaring DOMA unconstitutional and extending key benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, including LGBT priorities in his FY2012 budget, signing Hate Crimes legislation and hosting the White House Conference on Bullying.

President Obama has been in our corner. Chicago's LGBT community will show that we're in his with a kick off event on May 25 at Sidetrack at 7:00pm.

Obama for America 2012 is up and running and is based out of Chicago, returning to the city that propelled him to victory the first time. Join members of the LGBT community ( host committee below ) in welcoming the campaign back home and meet the LGBTs working at the highest levels of the campaign, including

National Finance Director Rufus Gifford

Press Secretary Ben LaBolt

Project Vote Director Buffy Wicks

Digital Media Director Teddy Goff

LGBT Leadership Council Director Jamie Citron.

More information and tickets at

HOST COMMITTEE ( in formation ) :

Honorary Hosts

Alderman James Cappleman, Senate President John J. Cullerton, Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Representative Greg Harris, Representative Deb Mell, Honorable Dawn Clark Netsch, Alderman Harry Osterman, Committeeman Carol Ronen, Alderman Tom Tunney and Alderman Scott Waguespack


Sonia Arroyave and Nina Fernandez, Austin Baidas, Paula Basta, Jim Bennett and Terry Vanden Hoek, Debra Bernard and Robin Schachtel, Phil Burgess and Jim Nutter, Lauren Carter, Bernard Cherkasov, Christopher R. Clark, Todd Connor, TyJuan J. Cratic, Jeff Daniel, Jason Dennis, Ky Dickens, Jon F. Erickson, Scott D. Fehlan, Dalila Fridi, Jeremy H. Gottschalk, Vernita Gray, William Hall, Kevin Hauswirth, Leslie Henry, Steve Herseth, Chris Jessup, Art Johnston and Pepe Pena, Kristen Kaza, Dan Kirk, Ray Koenig and Johnny Song, Patrick Lannon, John Litchfield, James V. LoBianco, Will Lopez, Brad McLaughlin, Jacob J. Meister, Rose Mireles and Lori Hannigan, Mary Morten and Willa Taylor, Brandon Neese, David and Lee Neubecker, Greg O'Neill and Ken Miller, John Peller, Ari Pribadi and Jason Perry, Michael Renehan, Laura M. Ricketts and Heidi Grathouse, Mike Simmons, Kathleen St. Louis, Kyle Spainhour and Eric Siemers, Shaun Sperling, Howard Suskin, Ryan VanMeter and Steve Bingham, Craig Widby, Richard Wilson and Sam Burckhardt and Coety Wyse

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