Michelle Obama made an unannounced appearance at the two hour LGBT Caucus luncheon on Wednesday, where she received a standing ovation. The caucus includes between 250 and 377 delegates, 40% of whom are people of color, according to the Windy City Times.
She spoke for 20 minutes, all though the youtube provided by the convention is only 3 minutes long.
During that time she spoke about the party and the Obama campaign in general but also made sure to address specific concerns of the GLBTQ community. She noted in her open remarks that is had been 39 years since Stonewall and 5 years after Lawrence v Texas and yet GLBT rights were still in jeopardy.
She also outlined some differences in their platform with that of the republicans:
- Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act
- Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
- Full funding for the Ryan White CARE Act
- Development of a national strategy to defeat HIV
- Support for the Employer Non-Discrimination Act
- Support for equal access to adoption
She concluded by stating that the rights of GLBTQ members “goes directly to dignity and freedom” of the N. American people.