What This Election Means To Me.
This week, while at the Democratic National Convention, I have been up to my ass in alligators trying to pull off events for the delegates and public. While rushing all over the convention center during the day time hours and watching the evening proceedings from my couch, I have a few thoughts about this election and the democratic party that I would like to share.
On Tuesday, while walking past a room packed to the brim with LGBT delegates and their allies, I passed gay men and lesbians, trans men and women, and those beyond the binary. They were all colors, creeds and class. It gave me pause.
Wednesday night, members of the AAPI, Black, Hispanic congressional caucuses spoke in groups from the stage. They are only a slice of the diversity at this convention. It gave me pause.
The message that the people in the democratic party and at the convention send is one of welcome, one of inclusion. To me, being a democrat this particular election cycle, means honoring the humanity of our brothers and sisters. It means that even those who do not look like us, talk like us, cook like us, love like us should be respected and loved, their humanity honored.
I have spent much of my professional career working in politics. I was proud of who we were as a party and a nation in 2008 when we elected President Obama, but somehow, today, I am even more proud of the party and of where President Obama and Vice President Biden and their families have lead us. I am also so proud of Hillary Clinton.
I am with her, sure. But even more importantly, I am with them. All of the people in this country.