May 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Stein Club endorses Obama
Stein Club, gay news, gay politics dc

Members of the Stein Club cast votes on endorsements in several key races. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

It came as no surprise on Monday night when the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political group, voted by acclamation to endorse the re-election of President Barack Obama.

With D.C. certain to vote overwhelmingly for Obama in the November election, Stein Club president Lateefah Williams said the club plans to recruit LGBT volunteers to work on the Obama campaign in other states, including Virginia.

“The club also plans to participate in phone banking at the Democratic National Committee and canvassing in Virginia, a swing state,” Williams said.

“This presidential election is very important in terms of continuing the advances that have been made for LGBT rights over the last years,” she said. “The Stein Club is committed to working hard to re-elect President Barack Obama so we continue moving forward.”

Williams said Acqunetta Anderson, an official with the Obama campaign in D.C., spoke to the club at its endorsement meeting Monday on how members and supporters can get involved in the campaign.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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