Hillary Clinton LGBT evening at Captiale
I was honored to attend the LGBT Fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Manhattan on March 30, 2016. This was a private event, also known as "closed press", so there was very little about this online following the event. As a guest, I captured these photos and heard the powerful LGBT discussions from Rosie O'Donnell, Billie Jean King, Cynthia Nixon, Michael Urie, Guillermo Diaz, and Hillary, of course! DJ Samantha Ronson was there to bring the music and dancing. Ronson was reluctant to take requests, but she was down to play Madonna for my friend Pat. It was a great party. We had a blast.
When I arrived to Capitale in Lower Manhattan, there was a small line forming in front of the venue made up of friends I have met at other Hillary events. Jennifer McCann was there in her blue Hillary dress and "H" logo sunglasses, who I had met earlier that day at the Apollo Theater rally. Ben Ryan was there, too, dressed in a suit. I promptly made more new friends as the evening continued.
Hillary's politics have supported the health and wellness of the LGBT community for decades. Despite complaints of Hillary being late in the marriage equality movement, she was a much earlier supporter of same-sex adoption. She is also the only candidate who have walked in the New York City PRIDE Parade. When I attended the Radio City "I'm With Her" concert with Elton John, he not only performed, but he praised Hillary's position in fundraising for AIDS awareness and research. The list goes on and on and on of ways Hillary has been a champion for LGBT. Another example is from the transgendered point of view. Hillary is why we can use our current gender that we identify with on our U.S. Passports. Yes, Hillary did that!
There were a couple of moments during Hillary's discussion where I found my eyes pooling up with tears. At some point I just let it go, and couldn't see through my camera anymore. Her words are an inspiration to me and her politics will continue to lead our country in the progressive direction when she is elected President.