DNC treasurer celebrates being out and equality

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Addressing the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, the openly gay treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, said, "The Democratic Party under the leadership of Barack Obama has dramatically improved the lives of millions of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans and at no cost to anyone else."

Andrew Tobias, addressing thousands of delegates, talked about politics, equality and being out and proud.

He said, "In college, I thought I was the only guy in the world who liked other guys. Later I found there was someone else like me, our 26-year-old resident tutor. He and I never talked about it at the time. No one talked about being gay back then. People killed themselves over being gay. Tragically, some kids still do. But, the progress we have made. Eight weeks ago, I attended that young tutor's wedding! To a guy! He and I never talked about it at the time. Love that had been unspeakable 46 years ago was celebrated by hundreds of people — straight and gay, surfers and senators.

"In a way, it was a wedding that married my two topics — money and equality — because that young tutor had grown up to become the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank."

The convention continues with speakers. First lady Michelle Obama will speak last.