I've been invited to go to the NC Democratic State Party Convention on June 23rd with a few other people from the UNCG College Dems group. I'm seriously thinking about going and I've already RSVP-ed to go but I started thinking tonight... Why should I?
Why should I waste my time going to the convention of a party that really doesn't do anything for me as a gay North Carolinian. Sure, the NC Dems will be the ones to most likely (God willing) to stop the anti-LGBT marriage amendment. Sure... that is a big thing. BUT it isn't anything progressive. It isn't anything that most politicians consider to be a gay rights issue. Most see it as a "let's not mess with our Constitution unless absolutely necessary" issue.
I guess... the question is this: Should I support a party that, as of right now, isn't really supporting me? Give or take a few members of the Legislature who are openly supportive (such as Rep. Larry Womble and Rep. Alma Addams... among so many others), the majority of state rep's are no where near willing to be openly supportive of such meagre askings as a state non-discrimination policy in employment. It isn't like we are demanding marriage rights in North Carolina. Heck we can't. We aren't even a protected class yet and it's even still legal to fire me because I'm gay or kick me out of my house because of it.
I know that the NC Dems are probably the most supportive major party here in North Carolina. But the question still remains... what are they doing to protect me? I don't see them doing much of anything.