Stonewall Dems to host watch party for debate

Posted on 02 Aug 2007 at 6:36pm

Major presidential candidates will participate in a televised forum on LGBT issues for the first time in history on Aug. 9.

Sponsored by the Logo Channel and the Human Rights Campaign, the forum will be hosted locally by Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, which is sponsoring a watch party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crossroads Market, 3930 Cedar Springs Road.

The two-hour forum, which begins at 7 p.m. Dallas time on MTV Networks’ Logo Channel, will feature Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson. No Republicans have agreed to participate.

“We’re going to take advantage of the fact that the Democrats are stepping up to speak to our issues,” Stonewall Democrats of Dallas President Jesse Garcia said. “It’s just really getting people excited about 2008.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Garcia said Stonewall Democrats of Dallas is contacting local supporters of the candidates and inviting them to attend in participate in discussions about the forum during the watch party.

He said representatives from Equality Texas also will be on hand to educate people about 2008 state legislative candidates and issues. Overall, 48 federal, state and local races will be decided Nov. 4, 2008. Texas primaries will be March 4.

The presidential forum will be moderated by journalist Margaret Carlson. Featured panelists will be HRC President Joe Solmonese, singer Melissa Etheridge and journalist Jonathan Capehart.

“In the 2008 presidential campaign, issues of concern to the LGBT community have already been at the forefront of the national conversation,” Solmonese said in a press release. “From the repeal of Don’t ask, don’t tell’ to the recent signing of a civil unions bill in New Hampshire, there is no doubt that voters will demand answers to important questions affecting our community.”

In addition to the Logo Channel, the forum will be broadcast on LOGOonline.com. Those who wish to submit questions for the candidates should go to www.hrc.org/Content/Navigation-Menu/Family/About_HRC_FamilyNet/Presidential_Forum.html.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 3, 2007

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