I am pretty excited about the upcoming CNN/YouTube debate that will be on Monday night. No, its not because there will be a chance to see Steve Grove, the cute head of News and Politics for YouTube. I saw him at a recent conference on the future of political communications and he is even cuter live vs on the interweb. I am excited about the debate because it offers another way for the often mentioned, but rarely listened to, American people to get engaged in politics.
Over the last few weeks, CNN and YouTube have been asking people like you and me to submit 30 second video questions to the presidential candidates. Somewhere between 25 and 40 questions will be chosen for the presidential candidates to answer. The debate featuring the Democratic candidates will be on Monday, July 23th and the debate featuring the Republican candidates will be on September 17th. While its true that the questions will be chosen by the powers that be at CNN and YouTube, this does represent a better chance for the questions that are on the minds of real people to be asked.
Which brings me to the gays. A number of the video questions submitted have raised issues about LGBT civil rights. Anderson Cooper, a gay man (ALLEGEDLY!), will be the moderator and hopefully at least one of the gay questions will be used. Here are a few examples and commentary - after the jump, of course.