New Jersey Senator Cory Booker spoke
last week at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) annual Equality
Convention in Washington DC.
Booker, a Democrat, reminded attendees
that true equality for the LGBT community remains elusive.
“We pay it forward by our conviction
that here in America we cannot have a nation where, in the majority
of our states, you may now be able to get married,” Booker said.
“But in those states, the next day after your wedding when you post
your pictures on Instagram, Facebook, and yes, Snapchat, that the
next day you could be homeless because you're kicked out of your
housing, jobless because you've been denied your job based on who you
Booker said that he reminds himself to
“stay faithful” when faced with obstacles.
“When I came down to Washington, and
some days feel like I'm banging my head on an implacable wall when I
can't get one Republican to sign onto a piece of legislation
justifying and affirming rights and equality, I say these two words,”
said, possibly referring to the Equality Act, a federal bill
introduced by Democrats that would protect the LGBT community.
Google, Apple, Twitter, Nike, IBM support Equality Act.)
Also in attendance was Robby Mook,
Hillary Clinton's openly gay campaign manager.
“I am motivated to get up everyday
and fight for a president who is going to stand in our corner,”
Mook said. “Hillary understands that the fight for equality isn't
finished until every American cannot only marry, but live, work,
pray, learn and raise a family free from discrimination.”