I started the day early at a breakfast with openly gay Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, who is running for Congress against Rep. Mary Bono-Mack. (I’ll post my Q&A with Pougnet a bit later.) Then it was off to the grand hall to catch the tail-end of Van Jones‘ brilliant morning keynote. After that was the “Organizing For Equality in the Obama Era” panel, featuring moderators Pam Spaulding, Evan Wolfson (Freedom To Marry), and Rick Jacobs (Courage Campaign.) Best panel event so far.
Back to the convention hall for lunch, where speakers included Kate Kendall (National Center for Lesbian Rights), Mike Lux (co-founder of Open Left), anti-racism activist Tim Wise, and Lennox Yearwood (Hip Hop Nation). And then all us homogays gathered for the LGBT Caucus, where Mike Rogers, Kerry Eleveld (The Advocate), and Denis Dison (Victory Fund) broke us into four groups to brainstorm how digital activists and LGBT orgs might better collaborate. (Among other topics.) Whew! Full day. Time for cocktails. Many cocktails.
UNRELATED: It looks like some of us will be hitting Fun Hogs tonight. Come hang with us!