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Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Celebrates Marriage Equality in Stunning Tribute Poem: WATCH

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To commemorate the first decade of marriage equality in America, Freedom to Marry recently commissioned inagural poet Ricahrd Blanco to write Until We Could - which was then brought to life in a beautiful video narrated by actors Ben Foster and Robin Wright. 

The Daily Beast reports:

The poem and video was the initial brainchild of Peter Spears an actor, director, and producer — and FTM volunteer — whose had the idea to approach Blanco. “We shot it in Austin’s film community, and Texas is on the precipice of marriage equality,” says Spears. “There are real couples in the film — like the male couples in their forties with kids — and also actors. Austin was off the charts, they put all their talent and time into making this happen.”

See the heartwarming journey documenting how far we've come as a community, AFTER THE JUMP...

Blanco, who read his poem One Today at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, is the first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay and youngest person to be an inaugural poet. 

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Colbert Was Not Impressed by Gay Poet Richard Blanco: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert took apart Obama's inauguration last night, "yawning to life" for poet Richard Blanco.

Said an exasperated Colbert:

Would it kill you to throw a rhyme in there? It's a poem. It's not that hard. Here--

There once was a man named Barack
Whose reelection came as a shock
He raised taxes I pay, and then turned marriage gay..
And now he's coming after your glock.

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

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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.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Poet Richard Blanco Reads His Inaugural Poem 'One Today': VIDEO

 

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Gay poet Richard Blanco took the podium at Obama's inauguration earlier today to read a poem composed specifically for the occasion, entitled "One Today

Watch and read the text of the poem, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Inaugural Poet: I Am Here Because This Is America

BlanoRRichard Blanco, the gay Latino poet chosen to read his work at President Obama's second inauguration tomorrow, penned a piece at CNN today in which eloquently illustrates the quintessential American elements of his origin story, a story that includes a particularly homophobic grandmother.

From his piece:

Being named poet laureate for the inauguration personally validates and stitches together several ideals against which I have long measured America, since the days of watching "My Three Sons" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" reruns.

For one, the essence of the American dream: how a little Cuban-American kid on the margins of mainstream America could grow up with confidence, have the opportunity to become an engineer thanks to the hard work of his parents who could barely speak English, and then go on, choosing to become a poet who is now asked to speak to, for and about the entire nation.

The most powerful quality of our country is that each day is full of a million possibilities: We are a country of fierce individualism, which invites me to shape my life as I see fit. As I reflect on this, I see how the American story is in many ways my story -- a country still trying to negotiate its own identity, caught between the paradise of its founding ideals and the realities of its history, trying to figure it out, trying to "become" even today -- the word hope as fresh on our tongues as it ever was.

Blanco will take the stage tomorrow after Kelly Clarkson sings, which will be directly after President Obama's speech. Obama's first inaugural speech was about 21 minutes, so Blanco should appear tomorrow at about 12:30 or 1ish. But you'll already be watching, so you won't miss him, right?

An Interview With The Inauguration's Gay Poet, Richard Blanco: VIDEO

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As Washington and the world prepares for President Obama's second inauguration, PBS' Jeffrey Brown invited Richard Blanco, the gay poet reading his work at the event Monday, on to discuss and perform his work.

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