This election is about our rights. And it's about the future—about the kids out there who need to know they can grow up to achieve their dreams and love whom they choose.
I spent two and a half years in the White House working for President Obama. I had worked for him on the campaign in 2008, and I'm now helping re-elect him from the Democratic National Committee. I feel like I know his heart and the intentions of those who work around him, especially when it comes to equality and fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
I was in the room when President Obama taped his “It Gets Better” video. It was clear how much he got the issues and the pain so many kids and their families go through, but I will always remember one moment in particular: The President stopped the taping and said he wanted to do a certain portion over again, because he wanted to get it right for the young people out there. As someone who was bullied and had contemplated suicide, it was a real moment and a glimpse into the character and compassion of this President.
I have been extremely proud of the headway President Obama and his administration have made on behalf of this community, whether it be the Hate Crimes Act, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," hospital visitation rights, a national HIV/AIDS strategy, or the numerous ways the agencies have worked to improve the lives of LGBT Americans. But May 9, 2012, was different. It was a moment in time when everything stopped as he thoughtfully announced on national television, "At a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
It was also a moment that laid out a clear contrast in this election: the choice to continue moving forward with President Obama or to roll back the clock with Mitt Romney. Romney not only opposes marriage equality and civil unions, but he is also prepared to amend the U.S. Constitution and enshrine discrimination simply based on whom we love.
This election is about our rights. And it's about the future—about the kids out there who need to know they can grow up to achieve their dreams and love whom they choose. It is about our families knowing they are valued. It's about a continuation of the hard work of the many on whose shoulders we stand—people, like Harvey Milk, who knew elections have consequences.
That's why I'm asking you to sign up for the newly launched Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama—and to encourage others to join as well.
There's too much at stake to sit out this election. And just in case someone needs a reminder why, print out the Romney pledge below and keep it in your purse or wallet.
Only one candidate in this election stands behind your family and your values. That's why I come to work fighting on behalf of this President every day—and why I'll do everything in my power to make sure he gets another four years to keep fighting for people like me.