The Democratic Party 2012 Platform is out and it is good for the gays. It's pro-marriage equality, calls for continued support for combating HIV/AIDS and conducting medical research, mentions "LGBT" twice in reference to supporting LGBT youth against bullying and protecting bi-national couples from deportation. It calls for elimination of discrimination in its civil rights platform and expresses specific support for ENDA, mentioning "gender identity" - twice:
PROTECTING RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
Civil Rights. We believe in an America where everybody gets a fair shot and everybody plays by the same set of rules. At the core of the Democratic Party is the principle that no one should face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status...We know that putting America back to work is Job One, and we are committed to ensuring that Americans do not face employment discrimination. We support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because people should not be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.(emphasis added)
This is a great platform. Of course, I've been disappointed that I didn't get everything I wanted for Christmas from President Obama and Congress, and I'm holding out for a pony. But my stocking has had something besides a lump of coal for the first time since forever, and I am ardently supporting President Obama and my local Congressional candidates (Go Sean Patrick Maloney!) with my scarce money and my even more scarce time.
But -- and feel free to call me silly -- I want to see my little community reflected in the Democratic National Platform. For so long, we have been considered sideshow circus freaks, and it would mean a lot to me to hear the word "transgender" coming out of the Democratic National Convention. After all, we have a dozen transgender delegates there.