By Marisa Richmond
Well, I’ve made it & I have survived the first full day.
I was taken to the airport this morning by my friend Mark, whose partner, Julie, usually cat sits for me. My plane had several TN delegates including Congressman Lincoln Davis & House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh. There were also delegates from NH & VA. After I finally got to the TN hotel, I picked up my delegate package, which included up to date information, & lot of little gift, including a bottle of Jack Daniels.
I then met my 2 old friends, Tim & Debbie. They drove me out to Golden to the Colorado School of Mines where Tim is a physics prof. He & I finished out doctorates about 2 years apart at DC area universities. We then went to Wheat Ridge to watch their youngest daughter play soccer. Her team won 4-2. After that, Tim dropped Debbie & me at the Convention Center for the Friends of New Orleans Welcome party. The music was fabulous with several N.O. musicians, with Randy Newman & Marcia Ball being the 2 biggest names. The noteworthy speakers were Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, & Dr. Howard Dean, DNC Chairman. We tried to get photos with Nancy Pelosi when she arrived, but she was totlly surrounded by security & others clamoring to get near her.
From there, I went to a reception co-hosted by the Matthew Shepard Foundation & National Stonewall Democrats. Vanessa Foster of Houston & I were the only transgender delegates there, but there were several other transgender activists present including Mara Keisling (NCTE), Lisa Mottet (NGLTF), Alex Darsinos (Transgender Law Center), & Dr. Dana Beyer of Maryland.
It’s been a long day, but things are now underway. It begins tomorrow at 7:30 w/the TN breakfast sponsored by AT&T, and continues from there.
I am so tired….