Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-10-01
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

MUSICAL REVIEW A Kurt Weill Cabaret MUSICAL REVIEW
A Kurt Weill
Cabaret
Arrangements and music direction: Jeremy Ramey. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Democrats offer contrast on marriage, says delegate
by Bil Browning Contributing Writer
2012-09-06

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As delegates and party activists arrived in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, several LGBT delegates from Colorado were mixing it up with the other party faithful. While the convention is always a flood of energy and excitement, Elizabeth Harris and Brayden Portillo are riding the high with unbridled enthusiasm.

Harris is in town with her partner, Debbie, who is an alterante delegate for the Centennial State. While Jesse Jackson's appearance at her state delegation breakfast Wednesday morning was a highlight of the week, what stands out to her most is how many LGBT people are participating this year.

"We went to the LGBT caucus and it was an overflow crowd. The fire marshall had to come and he wouldn't let anyone else in because there are so many of us," she said. "It's a remarkable thing to be an LGBT delegate at this year's convention. It's just remarkable."

"The platform advocates in favor of marriage equality now. That's huge. It's a real contrast to the 'real marriage' that Ann Romney spoke about at the Republican convention," she continued. "My partner is an alternate and we've been together for 19 years. In my mind, and the party's, we're a real marriage too."

Portilla is starting a career as a political consultant and says the networking opportunities alone made the trip worthwhile. "Meeting these people can help a lot. The networking is priceless," he said.

This is Portillo's first political convention and he's especially impressed with the choice of Charlotte as host city.

"I love it out here. The city of Charlotte has been amazing as they've put on the convention. All of the people here are so nice," he said. "Even the hotel workers and pedicab drivers are sweet."

Harris agrees. "It's a very friendly city and very safe."

Portillo also thinks that experiencing the event in person is vastly different than watching at home on TV. "The atmosphere is amazing. I've watched it on TV, but this is almost overwhelming to step out in the arena, see the stage lit up, and think, 'I'm finally here.'"

With more LGBT delegates than any other presidential convention, support for marriage equality and other LGBT written into the formal party platform, and President Obama's recently announced "evolution" on the freedom to marry, this year's LGBT delegates aren't just excited to attend. Their lives are part of the very fabric of the Party.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Open To Thinking: It's Your Money: Illinois 2014-10-01
World news: Gay Times' icons; Russia court upholds LGBT ban 2014-09-30
Houston mayor on prize list; pol comes out; Orman backs Warren 2014-09-30
Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters 2014-09-27
UN Human Rights Council votes to support LGBT rights 2014-09-26
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step down 2014-09-25
Equality Illinois PAC endorses Quinn 2014-09-24
Lesbian-feminist Mab Segrest on Ferguson, race, civil rights 2014-09-24
Tom Daley's gig; man convicted of drinking Baileys 2014-09-23
Polis tries ENDA discharge petition 2014-09-17
Preckwinkle backers gather to support re-election bid 2014-09-17
Gender working group seeks submissions; Quigley has new liaison 2014-09-17
Nat'l HIV/AIDS, Aging Awareness Day; Richmond, Va.'s, pitch 2014-09-16
Illinois Fiscal Crisis panel Oct. 23 at Loyola 2014-09-16
Quigley announces Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer as LGBT liaison 2014-09-15
Activists cry foul on Rauner "no social agenda" ad 2014-09-12
Rep. Harris honored by Almost Home Kids group 2014-09-11
ELECTIONS 2015 Openly gay candidate challenges 35th Ward's Colon 2014-09-10
Lesbian wins historic A.G. primary in Massachusetts 2014-09-10
Mr. Gay World; Bahama's Pride shut down; Tom of Finland stamps 2014-09-09
ID laws could disenfranchise trans* voters in ten states 2014-09-09
Houston Mayor Parker at Victory Fund Chicago benefit 2014-09-07
HRC on departure of LGBT ally, associate attorney general West 2014-09-05
Openly gay Latino runs for 35th Ward alderman 2014-09-03
Connor leads new veteran-focused business incubator 2014-09-03
Guv wants anti-trans bias outlawed; Ark. city's ordinance 2014-09-02
Thad Gerardot: Gay man hopes to make history in Indiana 2014-09-02
Indiana, Wisconsin couples rally before marriage hearing 2014-08-27
Toon commemorates Sotomayor birthday 2014-08-27
GLSEN initiative; Cincinnati's trans* policy 2014-08-26
Luxembourg PM to wed; Miss Spain comes out; Berlin mayor quits 2014-08-26
Frederick Collins on running for mayor 2014-08-26
Protesters gather outside Cappleman election kickoff 2014-08-24
Pedro Zamora's honor; N.J. trans student's troubles 2014-08-20
Dozens of LGBT groups sign Brown letter 2014-08-20
Sept. 7 Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor 2014-08-20
Israel LGBTQ leaders discuss history, state of movement 2014-08-20
Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill 2014-08-20
Tunney posts survey about Pride Parade location change 2014-08-18
Election surprises; Clementi foundation news; Manning 2014-08-13





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

DISH: SAVOR River Roast
 
Operation Do Ask, Do Tell: Symposium on health for military GLBTs
 
One night in the area of Austin
 
Jane Saks expands social-justice brand with Project&
 
Precious Davis reflects on Center, excited for Columbia
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.