Democratic National Convention coverage provided by the Bilerico Project and QNotes. Established in 1986, QNotes is the leading LGBT community newspaper of North Carolina based in Charlotte.
Delegates and special guests arrived on Monday for the 2012 Democratic National Convention and festivities celebrating the renomination of President Barack Obama for a chance a second term in office began in earnest across the city.
Organizers for the convention say 30,000 people attended a special street festival in downtown Charlotte on Monday, one day before official convention activities kick off in Time Warner Cable Arena. LGBT community groups also celebrated. Hundreds of LGBT elected officials and supporters gathered for an evening reception on Monday where openly gay Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield and openly lesbian Houston Texas Mayor Annise Parker addressed the crowd.
National Stonewall Democrats also hosted a special party on Monday, giving LGBT employees of the local convention committee, Obama campaign staff and convention organizers a chance to relax before official convention events kick off on Tuesday.