I was honored to serve on the planning committee for the 2007 Equality NC Conference, held yesterday at the Duke School of Law. About 250 people registered to share trench stories about work to advance civil rights in our state for LGBTs, but also to work cross-culturally and share information about legal and political strategies and successes.
The most impressive thing to tout about this conference is the number of state elected and appointed officials and candidates who turned out in this very public venue in support of Equality NC's work and LGBT Tar Heels. Here are just a few of the luminaries that were present at the conference or gala, held later that evening at Duke's Nasher Museum of Art -- Speaker Joe Hackney, Rep. Rick Glazier (the recipient of ENC's legislative award for his work on the school anti-bullying bill, which passed the House), Special Superior Court Judge John Arrowood (Court of Appeals), Ed Ridpath, and all of the Dem candidates for Lieutenant Governor.
Last, but certainly not least, was the presence of Jim Neal, who plans to unseat Liddy Do-Nothing Dole in the U.S. Senate. I have video of his appearance at the gala, in which he addresses how taking the question of his sexual orientation off the table was a simple matter, and how he's running on the issues. It's below the fold.