The lunch with president Obama was organized to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots -a protest led by Black and Puerto Rican drag queens who stood for their rights in a legendary New York city gay bar, back in 1969 when cops used to beat up gay people for no reason- an event which started the gay rights civil movement in the U.S. Also this part of the LGBT Pride month celebrations.
Yes, I wish I had met president Obama and his lovely wife Michelle too -perhaps one day- but at least I met some attendees to this event, right outside the entrance of the White House. Listen to these genuine people, their words were very encouraging:
Who is in this video?
Kate Kendell, Executive Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
Wilson Cruz, is an openly gay actor, born in Brooklyn, NYC, he began acting at age 17, in roles as Enrique "Rickie" Vasquez in the TV series My So-Called Life and Angel in the 1998 Broadway cast of Rent, and also in Great Scott!, Sister, Sister, ER, Ally McBeal, Noah's Arc and the 2007 film Ode.
The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) is the only Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Immigration Equality is a national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status.
Others... can someone tell me who is the cute PRican guy with his mother? What about the silent lesbian couple? lols. Any info would be appreciated!
Update: I just received word that the couple at the end of this video are Denis and Judy Sheppard, parents of Matthew Sheppard the college gay student murdered by homophobes in Wyoming in 1998. Their silence might have been caused by confusion and also timing, they were perhaps the last people to enter the White House. Perhaps they thought I was not gay - yeah I might look straight (!) not really.