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Poet Richard Blanco Talks About His Experience on the Podium, Reacts to Obama's Call for Gay Rights: VIDEO


Gay poet Richard Blanco, who read his work "One Today" at the Obama inauguration, talked to Soledad O'Brien on CNN's Starting Point about how it felt to be part of the event, how he prepared for it, and how he felt about Obama's call for gay rights.

Blanco also appeared on AC360 last night to speak with Anderson Cooper about it.



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  1. What a sweeheart he is.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 22, 2013 10:50:20 AM

  2. I loved the poem and he seems like a great guy. But at the risk of sounding catty, damn his eyebrows must require a lot of maintenance.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 22, 2013 11:19:06 AM

  3. I think the bushy eyebrows are cute. He's a very handsome man and obviously very talented too.

    Posted by: jawole | Jan 22, 2013 11:42:54 AM

  4. It's official now, the marginalization is over. The normalization of being LGBT in America is occurring. We all owe a tremendous debt to all those who came before, and made this moment possible.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 22, 2013 12:22:11 PM

  5. i'm such a size queen for eyebrows!
    (i just realized this comment could also work on the neanderthal post)

    Posted by: joe | Jan 22, 2013 12:35:07 PM

  6. HUGE misconception going around the media, Cubans are not Latino people, just as the Spaniards are not Latino either. Latino originates from the geographical region of Latin America, it's culture, and mix of Caucasoid (Spanish), Negroid (slaves), Mongoloid (natives and migrants).

    Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans are Caribbean (geographically and culturally) and are the only three Hispanic nations in the Caribbean.

    This is supported by the AAA.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 22, 2013 12:56:35 PM

  7. Geez, Jake, I always thought that Latin America just referred to those parts of the Americas where languages derived from Latin were spoken (which, technically, would include French-speaking Quebec). And what does the American Automobile Association have to do with it?
    Translation: Lighten up!

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 22, 2013 2:09:37 PM

  8. Someone else mentioned being a "size queen for eyebrows". Har! Me too!! I live in Maine, also. I'd so love to meet him!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 22, 2013 2:21:40 PM

  9. Anderson & Ricardo, you boys are fine.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Jan 22, 2013 2:50:54 PM

  10. LOVED the poem and LOVE the dimples. What a charmer. More on him here:

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jan 22, 2013 3:19:44 PM

  11. Let's try that as a link: [url][/url]

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jan 22, 2013 3:20:03 PM

  12. Did his partner attend the Inauguration with him ?

    Posted by: mike | Jan 22, 2013 3:53:34 PM

  13. i absolutely loved the poem....and I love this very talanted man. i especially loved his delivery of his lyrical Inauguration poem.

    But what is a "gay poet" ?
    He is a wonderful poet.
    He is gay.
    That's more than enough.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 22, 2013 4:59:28 PM

  14. Back away from the hair gel.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Jan 22, 2013 6:52:56 PM

  15. Blanco's "One Today" - amazing

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Jan 23, 2013 1:21:49 AM

  16. JackFKNTwist
    A gay poet is one who's life experiences derive from the rich perspective of being gay as well as many other things. This man says his coming out an self acceptance of his sexuality enabled his becoming the poet he is today. His stories of dealing with homophobia with his grandmother, made him the person he is today. He IS indeed a 'gay poet' and that's a title he reigns with pride. Believe it or not, some of us owe something to our coming out and being gay folks, and aren't apologetic for that. If that bothers you--- that's your issue, and you may want to ask yourself why that is. I make no apologies for being a proud gay man, and neither does Blanco.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Jan 23, 2013 6:53:33 AM

  17. @ Jack,
    If you can't grasp the significance of his being reffered to as a gay poet, in this era, at this venue, in this generation, than A.) you're not very familiar with his work and B.) you're not very familiar with the LGBT plight in this country.

    It's similar to many persecutions faced by other demographics, and just as there are many Chicano poets, there are and will continue to be LGBT poets. Thank Goodness for that!

    Posted by: Dynex | Jan 23, 2013 6:57:03 AM

  18. Jake,

    If you will check Craiglist or Dudes nude for Florida you will see that Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans list themselves as "latino". As a rule, Cubans identify as caucasian, but call non-latino caucasians "white boys". They call blacks "black" regardless of their ancestry. Meanwhile, Mexican Americans in California identify as latino on sex sites, but apparently have decided that the term is politically incorrect. This is especially true of Mexicans and Mexican Americans who follow the fad of identifying as "indigenous to this continent" or being Nahua. As a rule neither group considers itself to be at all Negroid and both are known for their animosity towards Blacks.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 24, 2013 12:41:14 AM

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