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Obama’s Big Gay-Friendly Inauguration Day

Obama’s Big Gay-Friendly Inauguration Day
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President Obama’s inauguration was groundbreaking for a number of reasons, not least of which for its explicit mentions of the LGBT community. Here are three key moments from Monday’s events that were in themselves little pieces of history.

 

1) Richard Blanco’s Moving Poem

Poet Richard Blanco was ticking boxes all over the place on Monday when he became the youngest ever poet to deliver an inauguration poem, as well as the first openly gay person and the first Hispanic person to recite verse at a POTUS inauguration event. It wasn’t just Blanco’s personal identity that made his appearance at the inauguration particularly remarkable, however. It was the breadth of the poem he delivered that spoke to the idea of equality for all that conjured a tone that seemed to permeate the entire event.

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You can read the full text of the poem here.

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8:44AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Although I am Czech, and not an American, I am so grateful Obama got re-elected. It shows victory for common-sense politics, trying to find consensus, trying to resolve differences by openly discussing them instead of automatic threats and sabre-rattling.

To GOP at Capitol Hill - please stop filibustering and generally behaving like selfish three-year-olds, and start listening to Obama. Start putting everyday interests of vast majority of American people above your narrow party-political interest. The goal should be "let's make America/world a better place" instead of "let's keep tripping Obama up again and again". Thank you.

4:54AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I think he's quite brave to speak his mind.

6:57AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Noted - yippee

2:00AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:22AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

thanks

9:32PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Monumental. So much pride for this cause. What a great day.

8:51AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

This is the Petition to top to ban on LGBT's in Russia: http://www.yousign.org/en/LGBT

12:32AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

stars to Marilyn L and John B, cannot send you more than one a week, sheesh!
Kudos to you both! Love the comments and the good you do being here on Care2

12:21AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

I watched the entire inauguration on PPS, I also had my four year old daughter watching it with me, explaining why certain aspects were so important. I wept with joy during most of the speeches. Myrlie Evers-Williams speech was important as well, Her husband was gunned down in their driveway in 1963 and she continued his activism all these years. I have numerous friends in same sex relationships, some with small children as well, I know my daughter does not see any difference between 2 moms, 2 dads, or 1 mom 1 dad, what was shocking to her is that some children only have 1 mom, 1 dad, or 0 parents. I am proud of the fact she is blind to bigotry. She will stand up for people, she already proved it getting in trouble in preschool with an over Religious teacher telling her that children cannot have 2 moms or 2 dads living in the same house. I had to explain to the teacher that we have friends, so yes they can, and no she cannot argue with a four year old, she was being prejudice and non christian. well that was the end of that : ) Some times living in the bible belt drives me insane!

10:45PM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Magic.

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