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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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