LGBT Democrats of North Carolina convention photoblog

Today was the annual convention of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina which is an official auxiliary of the Democratic Party of North Carolina. There was applause for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act being passed this week in the US Senate with Senator Hagan's support, and the growing number of states embracing the freedom to marry.

There was celebration of the growing membership and number of regional chapters across the state with plans to continue that expansion. And there was an election of the new leadership team to take us through the 2014 elections. Photos below the fold.


Thank you Jake

And thank you Senator Hagan.

Senator Burr, not so much (what a pathetic attempt to excuse his bigoted vote!).

Thanks for the photos and recap, Jake. It's good to see that half of our state is enlightened. Forward progress is inevitable.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Happy to share

What I sometimes lack in insightful comments on this blog, I like to think that I more than make up for with excessive pictures. It was a good event though, and it's nice to see something positive that grew out of the amendment 1 fight that really gave birth to this organized group.

On the good news front:
"Hawaii House gives final approval to same-sex marriage bill"

Abercrombie is expected to sign the measure into law later next week.

Same-sex couples will be able to legally marry in Hawaii on Dec. 2 once Abercrombie signs SB1 into law.

They join with Illinois and New Jersey in the recent wave of marriage equality states bringing the total up to 16 states I believe.

As far as I'm concerned

You offer excellent insight AND photos! I appreciate them. I am confident others do.

Amendment 1 was only a temporary loss. North Carolina might be in the rear of the pack, but I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll recognize equality before too long.

It's frustrating to be in such a backward state, but it's encouraging to see that many/most people rise above the minority who happen to be temporarily in control.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

You have great insight, my friend

Instead of focusing on obstacles, you seek opportunities, and act on them. And in doing so, you encourage others to do the same. It's that second thing that makes you a good leader, although you may not consider yourself as such. You'll just have to take my word for it. :)

Resolution supporting Cooper

“I’m here to tell you that violence, discrimination and intimidation are unacceptable,” said Cooper, a Democrat, as he gave his keynote address at the Equality North Carolina Foundation Gala. “The day of equality is coming,” Cooper added.

Earlier on Saturday, members of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina also gathered in Greensboro for their annual statewide convention. The group unanimously passed a resolution praising Cooper’s LGBT equality positions.

It's good to see the support for marriage equality and employment non-discrimination. It's nice that those positions have become the norm rather than the exception among the Democratic Party, and I expect that'll be even truer come 2016. It's too early to rule out a primary, but hopefully this sets the tone for support for equality by anyone who runs.