Thursday, September 14, 2006

Historic Governor's Debate

Tuesday was the nation's first ever LGBT forum for Gubernatorial candidates. The debate was hosted by the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Journalists (NLGJA), In Newsweekly, the Boston Pride Committee and HLS Lambda (Harvard Law School's GLBT student organization).

The two front runners in the race for Governor in the Democratic primary were both at the debate. Deval Patrick and Chris Gabrieli are both strong supporters of marriage equality and other LGBT rights. It seems that there are few differences between Patrick and Gabrieli when it comes to LGBT issues. Tom Reilly did not attend the debate.

You can watch the debate here.

It does appears that Patrick will be a stronger advocate for LGBT rights across the board. In Newsweekly reports that Patrick said he would take "concrete steps" to protect the transgender community by extending the state's hate crime laws and broadening civil rights laws to include "those who identify across genders."

I believe that Patrick will be a more outspoken leader on LGBT issues and other issues of social justice. In my opinion, Deval Patrick is the right choice for LGBT voters next Tuesday.


At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LGBT forum was very telling: Gabrieli's opening statement was dead-on in terms of the issues--he's a strong supporter of marriage equality. But Patrick's opening statement was emotional, human, and touching. He talked about people's lives, and the sanctity of his friend's (same sex) marriage, and I was really moved. That's the kind of talk we need to convince the average voter that, as Patrick said, equal rights is not a controversial "issue," but something that affects real people, with real lives, in real trouble. I also liked that he said he doesn't have all the answers, that he's still learning, that he's teachable. Humble and real and inspiring. Very cool.


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