Nowadays it takes a lot form me to make it to Manhattan from Queens on an early Sunday morning (and by early I mean earlier than 11am) so consider it a compliment that I made it to the steps of City Hall for the official launch of the "Obama Pride" NYC campaign. The Post has a blurb on it today and the Daily News posted an item online as well (I saw Paul Schindler from Gay City News as well but no television cameras). Seen:
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn who headlined the press conference and State Senator Thomas K. Duane (both openly gay). Quinn said she would actively campaign for Barack Obama not only in New York but also in more contested states such as Pennsylvania.
City councilmember and strong LGBT-rights ally Leticia "Tish" James.
Steven Latasa-Nicks, co-chair of Obama Pride.
Tobias Wolff is co-chair of the Obama campaign's gay and lesbian policy committee.
Also in the crowd a few other local LGBT political leaders such as [CLICK ON LINKS TO SEE IMAGE] Gary Parker (c) and Matthew Carlin (r), Bob Zuckerman (top left), Danny Dromm, Brad Hoylman and - in the peanut gallery - Doug Robinson (wearing the YES WE CAN shirt), Bernard Tarver (obviously doubtful about something Doug just said) and Gerard Cabrera (top right, not looking too peppy either).
All in all, beautiful weather for a press conference. More pictures here.
For more info on NYC Obama Pride please click here.
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