Turning out for LGBT voters

queerasfolk.jpgOn April 30, the Allegheny County Democratic Committee held its first-ever LGBT forum — another great way to try to figure out who to vote for in the May 15 primary. Sue at Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents went and has a great roundup of who said what, and she commends the candidates who shared their views (those who didn’t show, not so much).

She also had this call to action:

The crowd was about 40 deep including several heterosexuals. I was probably the 2nd or 3rd youngest person there and I’m 36. Where are all the young queer activists — how on earth could they pass up this chance to ask the questions that are so relevant to their futures? Kudos to Tom Sokolowski for speaking out loud and proud (and in a fabu pair of eyeglasses) but how long can those who forged their activist street cred during the 80s continue to carry us on their backs? This was a missed opportunity for anyone who deems themselves a gay activist and shame on them.

Who was there? Michael Lamb (City Controller), Bill Mullen (County Sheriff), Doug Shields (City Council District 5), Len Bodack, (City Council District 7) Arnie Klein (Court of Common Pleas), Mike McCarthy (Court of Common Pleas), Jack McVay (Court of Common Pleas), Rich Fitzgerald (County Council District 11), Matt Arena (County Council District 13), Sherry Hazuda (School Board District 6), Stephanie Tecza (School Board District 12). See all the details here.

photo from Showtime’s Queer As Folk

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