Quote of the Day: Dan Savage on Michelle Obama’s Inclusion of Gay Rights in Her DNC Speech
September 14, 2012 2 Comments
For years, really since the ’80s — ’88 — gays got name-checked in speeches at Democratic National Conventions, which usually meant slipping the word “gay” into a long list of Democratic constituencies, but we’ve never been mentioned like this, in the rousing section of the speech, this big American Dream sort of fireworks-going-off rabble-rousing thing, and the struggle for gay and lesbian equality equated to the founding fathers and their revolution against the British, the immigration experience, women’s struggle for the vote, the African American Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King — and then we come right there at the end, right before the invocation of the American Dream, and the place goes crazy. That is so significant. That tells you everything you need to know about the difference between the two parties right now.