Marti Abernathey

Indiana's Historic Moment

Filed By Marti Abernathey | July 03, 2008 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics, Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Democratic National Convention, first transgender delegate, Indiana, Indiana Democratic Party, trangender

The recent post over at Indiana Equality blog was enough of a kick in the pants, reminding me to post about some recent events.

If you know me, you know how jazzed I am about Barack Obama. The first time I ever heard about Barack the "Indianapolis" Colts still hadn't ever won a Super Bowl. It was October 17th 2006, which just so happened to be my 39th birthday. Barack had been to Indiana the previous day to attend a fundraiser for Baron Hill, Joe Donnelly, and Brad Ellsworth (who at the time were three Congressional candidate hopefuls). At the time Jim Shella said:

"He then pointed out that the Colts have been "eeking out victories" while the Bears have been winning blowouts. Ever the politician, he said he's looking forward to a Bears/Colts Super Bowl matchup." (At the time of that fundraiser the Colts were 5-0, and in fact did go on that year to face the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl)

When Barack announced in January of 2007 he was running for President of the United States of America, I started to research him relentlessly. The more I learned about him, the more I liked him. My fire for Obama grew steadily over the months, but the turning point for me was the HRC/Logo Presidential Forum.

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I knew I had to get involved with the campaign, I just wasn't sure how.

Since that time I've brought together the people (that would eventually become) the members of the Obama transgender subcommittee, I've hosted an Obama dinner, and I was the Pride coordinator for Indiana. But on Saturday, June 21st, 2008, one of the most historic events of my life took place. I was chosen as the first ever transgender delegate from the state of Indiana.

This wasn't a haphazard event. I had the support of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats, the Barack Obama campaign, and the Indiana Democratic Party.

During the Convention I was given a copy of the Indiana Democratic Party Platform. What I read inspired me to take this picture at the time:


This was taken from the platform section titled "Including Every Hoosier." It says:

"The Indiana Democratic Party is proud of our long-standing commitment to and support for civil rights and equality. Our 2008 ticket makes history, creating the opportunity for the first African-American president and the first female governor. As the party of the people, we strongly oppose restriction of opportunity to Hoosiers based on their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic background."

I've never been prouder of the Indiana Democratic Party, the GLBT community, and the state. It's a year of firsts for Indiana and for the country, and I feel blessed to take part in one of the most historic elections in my lifetime.

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I've never been prouder of Indiana and I've never been prouder of you.

Not only did Marti make it as a delegate, but friend of the blog Lori Morris also was chosen. So was a Ft. Wayne city-council lesbian and Jerame was put on the Rules Committee. Indiana has more than lived up to the diversity wanted in the party.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 3, 2008 12:16 PM

Marti, congratulations! In Chicago I first heard of Obama in 2000 as an incredible community organizer. I have never met the man, but I ran in to his legend early and learned from those who learned from him.

Congratulations, Marti! And thank you for being involved in the Obama campaign. He is our great hope for a brighter future for the USA.

I agree with this take on Obama, after following his campaign for nearly two years, according to e-mail dates. I signed up for his site very early.

I think after he's elected - as I hope he will be - this picture of him will be proven correct.