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Gay Movers and Shakers Launch Community Website to Elect
LGBTforObama.com to provide news,
commentary, and fundraising tools
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■ Presumptive Democrat US Presidential
Candidate Senator Barack Obama.
PORTLAND, August 20, 2008 –
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters of Barack Obama yesterday
launched an online community web portal for information and discussion about
the Presidential election campaign, and easy to use tools for getting
The website, LGBTforObama.com, is
the idea of long-time gay activist and Democratic Party loyalist Terry Bean
of Portland, Oregon.
“After devouring many polls and
talking to friends, it was apparent that many GLBT people were unaware of
the stark differences on our issues between Barack Obama and John McCain,”
explained Mr. Bean.
“I was appalled that George Bush
got 24% of the GLBT vote in 2000 and again in 2004 and vowed to do all that
I could to prevent that from happening again with John McCain.”
After conceiving the idea, he soon
realized that website was also the perfect vehicle to keep our community
updated daily on election news and to provide a much needed forum for LGBT
The project has attracted the
attention and support from community leaders, online bloggers and
celebrities, who will be providing daily content and commentary.
The LGBTforOBAMA.com team currently
includes many of America’s best-known LGBT bloggers, including: John
Aravosis and Joe Sudbay (Americablog.com), Bil Browning, Eric Marcus and
Marti Abernathy (Bilerico.com), Jeremy Hooper (GoodAsYou.com), Terrance
Heath (RepublicOfT.com), Mike Rogers (PageOneQ.com), Pam Spaulding (PamsHouseBlend.com),
Andy Towle (Towleroad.com)
Among others on the team are the
Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson (the Anglican Church’s only openly gay bishop),
television actor Chad Allen, author David Mixner, broadcaster and journalist
Michangelo Signorile, and activists Cathy Renna, Elizabeth Birch, Corey
In addition to content provided by
the blog team, user-generated content will also play a key role on the
“We’ve integrated a number of Web
2.0 tools into the LGBTforObama.com platform, allowing visitors to
contribute directly to the content,” said blog editor Michael Crawford who
also runs Bloggernista.com.
“Users can engage in discussions,
comment on news items, post video testimonials, and tell the world why
winning this election is vitally personal to them.”
Both journalists and new junkies
will also benefit from the online portal. LGBTforObama.com provides online
aggregated newsfeeds from LGBT bloggers and news sites.
There will also be live-blogging
from the Democratic Convention in Denver.
“The stakes for the LGBT community
in this election are enormous,”. The LGBT community must unite behind
Senator Obama’s campaign,” Mr. Bean said.
“LGBTforObama.com is a one stop
place where the LGBT community can get informed, make donations and help
fundraise, in a shared effort to make Barack Obama our next President.”