Edwards LGBT supporters flock to Obama

obama flagAfter former Sen. John Edwards’ departure from the presidential campaign on Jan. 30, LGBT supporters of the populist Democratic candidate from North Carolina are now supporting Sen. Barack Obama.

The freshman senator from Illinois picked up 37 of the 59 LGBT leaders, activists and community members who announced their support for Edwards in October. Some of the 37 include former members of Edwards’ LGBT steering committee.

The Advocate
ran a story on the development online yesterday:

A critical mass of John Edwards’s LGBT steering committee is going public with support for Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton. Twenty-two members of the Edwards campaign’s original 59-person gay and lesbian committee will now be working for Obama victories next Tuesday and throughout the rest of the primary season.

The new Obama converts include Eric Stern, who headed up Edwards’s LGBT steering committee, and longtime gay activist David Mixner, who famously campaigned for Bill Clinton in 1992, holding some of the first gay fund-raisers for a U.S. presidential candidate.

Read the rest of the story here.

While I was one of the 59 LGBT supporters of Edwards, at this time I have chosen not to publicly support any other candidate. In a letter to Eric Stern, who headed up the Edwards LGBT steering committee, I explained why I do not feel comfortable supporting either Obama or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at this time:

I am deeply concerned about my nation and the rights and lives of its low-income, working class and LGBT citizens. Clinton will not be able to change our national government or Washington — she’s too deeply entrenched in traditional Washington machinery. Obama would have been a natural second choice for me, but he blew that chance by capitulating to the anti-gay, ex-gay religious right in Columbia, S.C. — an act for which I believe he has neither adequately apologized for nor addressed with our community. I’m a Southerner and I’m gay and I’m Baptist; working with the anti-gay right — which continues to cause damage to my life and the lives of my peers, brothers and sisters — really doesn’t do much to win me over.

This isn’t to say I won’t support Obama or Clinton in the future. But at this time, I just don’t feel comfortable supporting a candidate I’m not quite sure totally supports us.

Here is the full list of those LGBT former Edwards supporters announcing their support of Obama:

Eric Stern, former political adviser to the John Edwards for President campaign, former National Stonewall Democrats executive director, former director of LGBT outreach for the Democratic National Committee (California)

David Mixner, writer, Democratic Party activist (New York)

Linda Elliott, member of the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign (Arizona)

Evan Low, council member for the city of Campbell, Calif.

David Garrity, vice chair of the Maine Democratic Party

Andy Szekeres, former Colorado Stonewall Democrats cochair, former Wisconsin LGBT field director, Kerry-Edwards (Colorado)

Kyle Bailey, former board member, National Stonewall Democrats, LGBT Caucus vice chair of Young Democrats of America, Chair of Atlanta Stonewall Democrats (Georgia)

Pam Cooke, National Stonewall Democrats board member; past president, Stonewall Democratic Club of Los Angeles (California)

Bill Hedrick, president of Central Ohio Stonewall Democrats

David Mariner, former Out for Howard Dean cochair (Maryland)

Jason Lansdale, past president of Central Ohio Stonewall Democrats

Daniel Hinkley, Nevada Stonewall Democratic Caucus president

Misty York, communications director for the Kentucky Fairness Alliance

Christopher Prevatt, chair of Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club (Orange County, Calif.)

Jim Maynard, president of Memphis Stonewall Democrats (Tennessee)

Daniel Graney, past president of Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio (Texas)

Arthur Nunn, former Missouri for Edwards volunteer organizer and founder of LGBT for Edwards MySpace Group

Brad Reichard, public pelations executive (Massachusetts)

Michael Shannon, national security expert (D.C.)

Les Krambeal, board member for the National Stonewall Democrats, cochair, Southern Arizona Stonewall Democrats

Robert D. Horvath Jr., member of the board of directors for the Mautner Project (D.C.)

Patrick J. Lyden, LGBT community activist (D.C.)

All organizations listed for identification purposes only.

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