11.5%: DNC Gets Record Number Of LGBT Delegates

NBC News reports:

There is a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender delegates at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. And while they come from a variety of different states and backgrounds, most seem to have at least two things in common: their support for the Equality Act and their contempt for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

LGBT delegates make up 11.5 percent of all delegates at the DNC this year, and this record number is not a coincidence – it’s by design. In order to increase the number of delegates from underrepresented communities, veteran LGBT delegates established an advisory board to recruit new and qualified LGBT delegates from across the U.S. The newly appointed delegates span the LGBT spectrum and bring a variety of experience and fresh perspectives to the delegation.

Several delegates who spoke with NBC OUT, including DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, said the best way to protect LGBT citizens is the passage of the Equality Act. This bill is currently in the House and Senate and would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include discrimination protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

LGBT delegates made up 7.8% of the 2012 convention.

  • Dramphooey

    All I can think to write is “yay!” so somebody make a more intelligent comment so I can like it.

    • j.martindale

      “Yay” will do.

      • Margueritesrivera3

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    • Gene

      yay is good!

      though, I would add, any GLBT person who is not going to support this party that made it PLAIN as day that it supports US yesterday because the candidate is not the absolute perfect one you want (or even like…or may have, years ago, not been the very first on the bandwagon for us) is being very, very VERY foolish.

      Stein cannot help you one damn bit, ’cause Stein aint gonna be elected..and Trump? (see Joe posted story about Trump rally cheering mocking of Trans rights)

      • StraightGrandmother

        IO checked there were only 5,000 at Trumps Winst-Salem rally. Not a huge number.

    • NancyP

      The Dems worked hard on this. A friend of mine is a delegate and has worked hard in local politics (committeewoman, etc) – there has been concerted talent spotting by local party organizations to get a wider range of delegates.

  • Acronym Jim

    *rubs hands together*

    Muahahahaaaa. The agenda is going perrrfectly. Soon, my pretties, sooooon.

  • james_from_cambridge
  • Todd20036

    There has never been such a stark difference between the 2 top tiered candidates as in this election cycle.

    Pragmatism versus fascism.

    Knowledge versus ignorance.

    Acceptance versus bigotry.

    Love versus hatred.

    Diplomacy versus war.

    Prosperity versus a recession.

    I’m all for opposing views, but when I see people claim the 2 parties are close so they’ll vote for Stein, or they call Ms. Clinton “Hitlery” or they claim Trump “speaks his mind”, I just shut down.

    Trump is the next Mussolini or the next Hitler. Or both. Anyone who doesn’t see that probably thinks Adolf Hitler didn’t murder anyone, either.

    This is 1930s Germany folks. We have a chance to stop Hitler before he reaches the pinnacle of power.

    And if the worst thing you can say about Hillary is she mishandled an email server, then I think only people in denial don’t see her as a good President.

    • Gustav2

      I loved it last night when Sen Franklin was sitting with the MSNBC ‘floor walkers’ and ended with saying it was up to them to tell America Trump is lying and to fact check him. All Andrea Mitchell could do was murmur, “It’s difficult.”

      • Todd20036

        I’m sure it is difficult. But for different reasons. You cannot fact check Trump without concluding that he is the worst candidate ever, and MSNBC is trying to come off as unbiased.

        And failing. If you don’t call out Trump on his lies, you are endorsing him.

        • sword

          And CBS keeps winning the Edward R. Murrow award for journalism. How times have changed.

      • koolaidyarn

        “It’s difficult” may be true, but that makes it all the more important that the professionals do fact check him. If they won’t, how are their viewers supposed to?

        • Gustav2

          But you don’t have one of you newsers read Trump’s tweet on the air without spending a minute or two on Fact checking. Google can be your friend.

  • Chuck in PA

    It should read “openly” or “out” LGBT.

  • oikos
    • Gustav2

      Put that away…some Republican politician may find out what the “Q” means.

    • BobSF_94117

      Is “Gay Age NDA” some sort of Grindr policy?

      • oikos

        Don’t know. I don’t use Grindr.

  • bkmn

    Has this been verified by Grindr?

    • NancyP

      I hate to tell you, there ARE LGBT people who aren’t on Grindr…..ahem….

  • another_steve

    11.5 percent most probably accurately reflects the percentage of Americans who are in fact LGBT.

    Our national organizations and spokespeople must denounce and denounce vigorously so-called “surveys” that come up with ridiculously low estimates such as 3 percent. Those figures harm us politically and in no way reflect our true numbers. For a host of reasons, most queer people will not disclose their orientation to a stranger.

  • There are 28 trans delegates alone! There are more trans delegates at the DemoCON than there were African-American delegates at RepubliCON. Talk about a diversity gap.

  • DoctorDJ

    Oh, my. The gay cooties on the convention floor will infect everyone.

    • Richard, another Canuck

      And that is a good thing I would say!

  • LeftyNYC

    And what percentage of this year’s RNC delegates are LGBT? I suspect it was statistically zero.

    • DonnaLee

      Are you forgetting about the uptick in male prostitution requests in Cleveland?

      • LeftyNYC

        Ha! Good point. I assumed they meant honest gay people.

  • JCF

    We’re a Blue Rainbow!