DNC's Daughtry: LGBTs will have 'seat at the table' at the convention
Leah Daughtry, chief of staff of the Democratic National Committee delivered prepared remarks at the National Black Justice Coalition's The Power of Us conference this weekend supporting the inclusion of LGBTs at the DNC convention this August. (Washington Blade):
"We made a commitment under Gov. Dean's leadership that we wanted to do something different," she said. "We wanted to make sure, make a way so that people from various communities, and particularly the GLBT community, would have a seat at the table, would have a voice, would have a vote when we nominate our president of the United States."
...Daughtry, who's been criticized over allegations that she opposed quotas for gay delegates at the DNC convention, said that she welcomed the inclusion the rules are poised to yield.
"We are expecting record, historic numbers of GLBT members at the convention as delegates, and I think that is so important," she said. "You know, it's hard to have - we are the big tent party and we pride ourselves on diversity, but you can't talk about diversity if you're not willing to do the work to make diversity happen. And I know you know that making diversity happen is work because it requires tilling up soil, busting through doors, breaking through ceilings to make things that have been the status quo change."
...Daughtry also called on the audience to work collaboratively to obtaining "free, full and abundant rights" for all, because "all families deserve respect, deserve opportunity and deserve the protection of our government."
"We've got to work together, regardless of who the president is, but with the president's leadership to end the stereotypes and misconceptions that separate us and keep us from achieving our full potential and our God-given rights in this country," she said.