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Michelle Obama Speaks to LGBT Delegates at Convention Lunch


Before heading over to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday we stopped by the luncheon for LGBT Delegates Hosted by Rep. Barney Frank, with Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Human Rights Campaign.

08_4But the big event of the luncheon was an unscheduled appearance by Michelle Obama. I got a nice surprise when, after her speech, she stepped down and walked over to some of us and I was able to shake the hand of this impressive woman.

I also finally had a chance to meet Pam Spaulding of the excellent blog Pam's House Blend on Monday of the Convention. Pam has a brief clip of the crowd going nuts over Michelle Obama's introduction.

You can listen to a longer clip of Michelle Obama's remarks to the LGBT delegation, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's always the spouse that has to meet with the gays.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 27, 2008 8:05:17 AM

  2. Michelle is a class act! Love that lady...

    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 27, 2008 8:33:59 AM

  3. Don't fall for this. This is just pandering for votes. Michelle's church tells its congregation that homosexuality is a sin.

    We need to be aware that the Democrats - and liberals - treat us gay and bi men as a useful pity class. We're OK so long as we vote for them. We're OK so long as we remain confined to our gay ghettos. We're OK so long as we don't hold hands or kiss each other on Main Street. This is the liberal philosophy, guys. Wake up to it.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 27, 2008 8:49:19 AM

  4. Jason - So what do we do? Vote Republican?

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 27, 2008 8:54:50 AM

  5. Not only should we not vote Republican, we should not even speak to Republicans. They are to be SHUNNED!!!!!

    Friends don't let friends fuck Republicans.

    You've all cancelled your "Manhunt" subsriptions I trust. Well oif you subscribe to "Out" and "The Advocate" now's the time to cancel that.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 27, 2008 9:12:44 AM

  6. JASON--

    You are SO wrong. The Obama family is congregants of the United Church of Christ, which absolutely and utterly supports LGBT rights, up to and including the right to marry.

    Be a shitty GOP shill, if you wish, but at least make an effort to check facts.

    Posted by: K | Aug 27, 2008 9:13:40 AM

  7. rock on!

    Posted by: banshiii | Aug 27, 2008 9:37:17 AM

  8. I'll withhold forming an opinion about the merits of Mrs. Obama's speech to the gays until after I have made equal time to hear Mrs. McCain's speech to the gays.

    Hello? Mmmmhello? Mrs. McCain? Anyone? Bueller?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 27, 2008 9:38:27 AM

  9. I won't be voting for McCain. I think he will be too beholden to the far Right.

    But Democrats - and liberals in general -discriminate against us at the social level. They do it with unwritten rules and conventions. They also play favorites, preferring the "hot lesbians" and "hot bi babes" over us gay and bi men. The liberal mainstream media - People magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Huffington Post - plays a role in promoting this favoritism.

    Go ahead, vote Democrat if you wish. But, by doing so, you'll be empowering those who oppress gay and bi men at the social level.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 27, 2008 9:39:25 AM

  10. OK, jason--how is People magazine related to the election of President? What kind of regulatory control will Obama have over who gets on the cover and which "Who's hot" story gets printed?

    Posted by: MAJeff | Aug 27, 2008 9:47:19 AM

  11. I wish Michelle Obama would stop making out with other women. The bisexual double standard at the Democratic convention is ridiculous.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 27, 2008 10:02:33 AM

  12. I have a theory about our Australian friend Jason/Mark: when he was a freshman in college last year (or maybe it was high school?) he took an introductory sociology course in which the professor mentioned that people who claim to be socially liberal and support gays actually have a double standard and accept lesbians more easily than icky gay men. This was the one thing Jason understood in the entire course, perhaps even in his entire educational career. But these social liberals (who could be politically all over the map) got confused in Jason’s mind with the political liberals in the US in the Democratic party. The next class was on hypnosis and controlled reflexes, with a hypnotist putting the class under and saying, “every time you look at a computer, you will think of your sociology class.” Jason/Mark was so susceptible that now any stimulus at all triggers an obviously involuntary and uncontrollable reaction:


    Posted by: Kevinvt | Aug 27, 2008 10:31:12 AM

  13. Obama's wife showing up does not change the fact that we still can't get married and Obama not support gay marriage. Perhaps out of political need or perhaps its just the lack of political courage. What makes America Great is that each of us has a voice. What weakens us is if we dont use it. In this video I see cheers and no one speaking up about the most crucial issue to our community. It's not the HRC who leads the way here and it's not the Victory Fund. These two orgainizations are best known for fund raising, not activism and they have no markable milstones they can even take credit for. It's you that we need to lead, not these people. They follow us, allways have, allways will. Go to City Hall Today and demand to get married. It is leagal in all the USA under the constitution and the bill of rights. Your right is just being blocked and denied unlawfully. Stand up, speak up. Remember that freedom will only work if every one has it. Go ahead and vote for Obama, as i will too. But at the very least know your vote is being taken for granted. How dissapointimg that those representing us at the DNC, and Michelle, did not mention the most important issue we have today. As long as discriminbation is tolerated, rights denied, young people will see us as second class Americans. Even that leads to violence against us and actually encourages it. At the very least speak up.

    Posted by: JWR | Aug 27, 2008 10:31:23 AM

  14. Jason

    You are so wrong on the Obama's church.

    The United Church of christ, the Obama's denomination, has it as mandatory that a congregation must embrace gays/ gay rights/ and gay marriage to be part of the denomination.

    It was the 1st mainline christian denomination to embrace gays/ gay rights/ and gay marriage.

    Zeke , a poster here at towleroad, is a member of the United Church of Christ and can do a better job at refuting your misinfo than I (especially since I am an atheist)

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 27, 2008 10:40:09 AM

  15. Jason,
    Go back to your closeted friends at RedState. Obama's church is very gay friendly. If you would actually open your eyes and ears to the truth you would know that.
    Obama has come out strongly against Prop 8. This may not be a huge risk to take in California, it could still cost him votes elsewhere. While he may not be in support of gay marriage yet, he is strongly opposed to DOMA and DADT and will work to overturn both. Overturning DOMA will have huge consequences for people living in California, Massachusetts and soon New York.

    And as for pomoting 'hot babes' I think you will see that the also focus on 'hot guys' whether it is Lance Bass or Reichen Lehmkuhl or Thomas Roberts, they like to focus on the 'good looking people' This isnt gay discrimination, it is lookism that affects all people.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 27, 2008 10:41:33 AM

  16. She looks so uncomfortable when she's shaking hands or kissing white people. I saw her when Biden's wife walked up to her to kiss her and she seemed shocked. I guess it's just hard to shake her black radicalism.

    Posted by: no | Aug 27, 2008 11:02:10 AM

  17. She's amazing. It will be nice to have a first lady who isn't co-writing a book with her dogs. I hope she'll be running for president against Caroline Kennedy some day.

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 27, 2008 11:29:18 AM

  18. Guess what the name of Jason's a.k.a. Mark's professor in introductory sociology was? PAVLOV!!!

    Posted by: bading | Aug 27, 2008 11:32:32 AM

  19. It always sounds like Jason's only goal is to have the media think of sexy gay and bi men as acceptable as sexy gay and bi women. I hear your point, but who the hell cares? And what the hell does it have to do with presidential politics?

    We don't need you to be in love with Barack Obama. We just need you to pull the lever next to his name. For the sake of the entire country, please...

    Posted by: JeffRob | Aug 27, 2008 11:34:30 AM

  20. Jimmy,

    You're kind of almost there with the UCC but not quite. The United Church of Christ as a domination does embrace gays and lesbians into it's congregation. THey call this being an open and affirming church or ONA.

    AN ONA church is open to all people and probably has some sort of GLBT ministry. The church I attended in Framingham Massachussets, Grace Church is an ONA church in the United CChurch of Christ. However, the church I grew up in two towns over is not...and will probably not ever become ONA in fact I think the voted to leave the UCC. There were a handful of churches that felt when ONA was passed at the UCC that they ahd to leave.

    UCC has always been at the front of activism. Their history is colorful, interesting, and very much intertwined with our National history (Abigals Adam's father was a congregaitonal minister). Sorry off point.

    Trinity Christian where Obama attneded and Jeremiah Wright preached is NOT and I repeat NOT and open and affirming congregation of the UCC according the the official UCC web site. Now I realize that some of you might already be claiming hte site is wrong but believe me if it was the UCC would correct that in a heartbeat. They would love to see a person from that denomination and one of it's liberal churches get into office.

    The denomination had to explain itself quite a bit during the problems with Jeremiah Wright and it's policies toward churches. THe UCC is not like most denominations where policy comes down on high from some sort of a governing body to TELL churches what they will and won't do. They all pretty much stick to a loosely based set of core beliefs and then go from there.

    I hope this clear this up. My experience in the UCC has taught me quite a bit. I was music director here in the only ONA church for a couple of years. The congregation was basically founded because the other UCC church would not go ONA and he founders left to go to start their own church ( The funny thing is that they have all learned to accept people for being gay, striaght, questioning, and even REpublican. Go firgure? I hope this clears some of the quesitons up about the UCC. You can also go check my facts at

    Posted by: Las Vegas | Aug 27, 2008 11:59:37 AM

  21. Yes, it is true, at least as of a couple of months ago [and I doubt it has changed] according to an interview in the "Washington Blade" with one of the leaders of the UCC LGBT caucus, that Wright's specific church [***not to be confused here with "denomination"] never responded to requests to become ONA. Which is very strange given that his ***church has a program for "gay singles" similar to its and most churches' programs for straight singles—though I've seen NO evidence of the claim that Wright as performed "gay marriages."

    But, repeat BUT, the IMPORTANT point is that the Obamas' now FORMER ***church was still light years away from McBigot's religio backers such as Hagee who would pass out pious popcorn at literal stoning of gays if they could.

    Obama passionately supports as many gay "rights" as any viable candidate in history. And issue-by-issue, from civil unions to ENDA to DADT, McShame is diametrically opposed. This is no political choice version of a Michael Phelps and another swimmer being just fingertips apart.
    Obama is on the platform accepting the gold medal while McGilligan is still in the pool hoping that his swimming with religio sharks will win him the White House.

    Anyone who demands perfection in political candidates has only ONE logical choice. Have yourself immediately frozen with a note attached to not defrost you until the Messiah comes.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 27, 2008 1:29:58 PM

  22. It is sad that so many gay and lesbian people are so taken and fooled by Obama's charisma and appearance when he is basically saying that we are morally unfit to be married.

    It is difficult enough to watch even my allegedly liberal friends voting for him despite this, but watching other gay and lesbian folks support him seems absurd.

    Posted by: Lawrence | Aug 27, 2008 1:46:20 PM

  23. Call me crazy for thinking this, but Michelle Obama reminds me sooo much of Hillary Clinton circa 1992. Quiet strength and ambition. I would not be surprised if in the future Michelle puts together a run for some sort of political office.

    Posted by: J | Aug 27, 2008 1:53:19 PM

  24. Jason -- the main consumers of pornography are men. Heterosexual men are attracted to women, therefore, the idea of seeing two women together would be arousing, and the suggestion of female bisexuality to this broad consumer base would be quite titillating.

    So, unless you're saying that you'd like to get straight men into watching dudes make out, you're misusing the concept of the double standard.

    Posted by: Cameron | Aug 27, 2008 2:04:14 PM

  25. Y'all are trying to help JASON. That's wonderful. See, the Obama spirit of brotherhood is rubbing off on everybody.

    But I think JASON touches himself inappropriately while he posts about the bisexual women.


    not voting for the political party (and candidate) that acknowledge your right to exist as an American citizen is absurd. The Republican Party is dominated by a faction that believes that gay people are abominations worthy of death...well, the conservative ones are, I supppose.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 27, 2008 2:27:29 PM

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