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Rights of LGBT community discussed at Democratic National Convention

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Montana’s first openly transgendered delegate, Anita Green, attended the LGBT caucus on the second day of the Democratic National Convention, and she wasn’t alone, as several other Montana delegates attended, some specifically to support her.

LGBT issues hold importance to many members of the delegation.

“I think it’s important that we have diversity so that different perspectives are being represented,” said Green. She hopes to have a career in politics and plans to run for Missoula City Council. If she wins, she will become Montana’s first-ever openly transgender person to hold public office.

Delegate Donavon Hawk brings a Native American voice as well as an LGBT perspective to the Montana delegation.

“My main focus and goal is to keep everything moving forward,” said Hawk. “We don’t need to be moving backwards in all of the progress that we made.”

Hawk believes that the caucus was a powerful one, and found himself getting emotional throughout.

A highlight for him was seeing Jason and Jarron Collins, twin brothers who played in the National Basketball Association, at the LGBT caucus. Jason was the first openly gay player in the NBA.

“It was emotional to see the Collins brothers, for [Jarron] to say I love my brother, I support my brother and I got his back,” said Hawk.

Caryn Kellay, member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes was also in attendance in support of Hawk, Green, and the other LGBT delegates.

“Not only do they have their own community, they have a much larger community, said Kellay. “They’re going to have a circle of friends that are going to embrace them.”

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