LGBT delegates and issues remain prominent at Democratic convention

Marriage equality and other LGBT issues are part of the Democratic platform that passed Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Same-sex relationships were also included in the keynote speeches delivered Tuesday evening.

Wednesday’s issue of USA Today featured a picture of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas President Omar Narvaez, Felix Gaytan and former Stonewall Dallas Vice President Jay Narey at the LGBT Caucus meeting as they listened to Wisconsin Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin. If elected in November, Congresswoman Baldwin will become the first openly gay U.S. senator.

Narvaez said he met first lady Michelle Obama today. He thanked her for supporting the LGBT community and the DREAMers (undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children).

“She looked me straight in the eyes and said she is committed to work until we get equality for both LGBT and ALL the DREAMers,” Narvaez wrote. “She gave me a hug. All I could say in her ear during the hug was ‘thank you.’”

Obama referenced same-sex marriage twice in her speech Tuesday night, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro referenced it once.

President Obama “wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love,” Michelle Obama said.

Comparing President Obama to his opponent, Castro said, “Mitt Romney says no when it comes to letting people love who they love and marry who they want to marry.”

—  David Taffet

San Antonio activist Roberto Flores dies at 75

Roberto Flores, left, and his husband Dan Graney were together for 36 years.

Roberto J. Flores, a longtime San Antonio activist who was the first openly gay chair of the Bexar County Democratic Party, died Thursday, Sept. 2 at 75. Flores was co-chair of Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio, and his widower, Dan Graney, is president of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus. QSanAntonio reports:

Flores was a Democratic Party precinct chair in Bexar County from 1999 to December of 2009, when he was elected the first openly gay County Chair of the Bexar County Democratic Party on an interim basis and served in that capacity until May of this year. He has been a delegate to every Texas Democratic Convention since 2000. He also has many years experience as an election judge.

Flores was a member of the Board of Directors of Equality Texas, a singing member of the Alamo City Men’s Chorale and member of the Alamo Business Council and the Rainbow Garden Club. For the past three years, he has been a faculty member of the GLBT sensitivity training for cadets in the San Antonio Police Academy. On October 15, 2009, Flores and Graney celebrated their 35th anniversary by getting married in a civil ceremony in Vermont.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

—  John Wright