Ga. State Rep. Park Cannon, Daniel Driffin address DNC
“I’m Park Cannon. I am a woman. I’m African-American. I’m queer. And I am the newest member of the Georgia House of Representatives.”
So went the opening line of remarks by openly queer Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) on July 27 at the Democratic National Convention. Cannon was part of a group of five diverse American speakers who each gave brief remarks. Included was director Robert Rodriguez, Jeff Grubbe of the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Debbie Almontaser of Khalil Gibran International Academy and YouTuber Dulce Candy.
THRIVE SS co-founder Daniel Driffin also spoke on day three of the Democratic National Convention hours before Cannon. Driffin, who is openly gay and living with HIV, urged the audience “to go get tested and then go and vote.”
Driffin praised Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her work to ”ensure that 6.7 million people around the world got access to antiretroviral therapy,” along with her involvement in lifting the travel ban for people living with HIV. Driffin is the first openly HIV-positive speaker to address the DNC in 16 years.
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