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Party Report: LGBTQ Fundraiser for John Kitzhaber

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

 

Gov. Barbara Roberts and John Kitzhaber

Former Oregon governor Barbara Roberts and Gov. John Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange Building. Photo by Byron Beck.

Gov. John Kitzhaber gave a compelling speech on Tuesday night at the Eastside Exchange Building at the east end of the Burnside Bridge that touched on gay rights, equal rights, Bobby Kennedy and the racial turmoil in Ferguson, Mo.

The event was an LGBTQ reception in support of Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign.

Kitzhaber is considered a strong advocate for LGBTQ equality and has appointed more out-LGBTQ Oregonians to leadership positions than any other governor in Oregon history.

SLIDESHOW: See photos from LGBTQ for Kitzhaber fundraiser below.

During the reception, Kitzhaber mentioned that, if he were to be re-elected, his term would end 40 years after the death of Robert F. Kennedy. Kitzhaber considers Bobby Kennedy one of his political heroes and a driving force for his involvement in public life.

On the subject of Ferguson, Kitzhaber became emotional, almost on the verge of tears, relating that the issues that were present when Kennedy were still alive are still with us today.

Attendess included former governor Barbara Roberts, former Portland mayor Sam Adams, Bill Dickey, Jeana Frazzini, Gwenn Baldwin, Angelo Turner, Bob Speltz, Terry Bean, Misha Isaak, Brian Wilson, Kendall Clawson and Carole Smith.

For more photos from the LGBTQ fundraiser for John Kitzhaber click here

 

Related Slideshow: Party Report: LGBTQ Fundraiser for John Kitzhaber

Governor John Kitzhaber gave a compelling speech on Tuesday night  that touched on gay and equal rights, Bobby Kennedy and the turmoil in Ferguson.

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Two Governors

Governors Barbara Roberts and John Kitzhaber at a LGBTQ fundraiser for Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange.

Photo Credit: Byron Beck on Flickr (Image Cropped)

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Mike, Barbara and Terry

Mike Marshall, Gov. Barbara Roberts and Terry Bean at a LGBTQ fundraiser for Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange.

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Kendall Clawson

Kendall Clawson was one of the speakers at a LGBTQ fundraiser for Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange.

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Bernard and Sam

Dr. Bernard Gasch and Sam Adams at a LGBTQ fundraiser for Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange.

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Barbara and Cylvia

Gov. Barbara Roberts and First Lady Cylvia Hayes at a LGBTQ fundraiser for Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange.

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Bill & John

Bill Dickey and John Kitzhaber at a LGBTQ fundraiser for Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange.

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John and Kurt

John Kitzhaber and Kurt Beadall at a LGBTQ fundraiser for Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange.

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Bobbie, Erin and Carol

Bobbie Regan, Erin Janssens and Carol Smith at LGBTQ fundraiser for Kitzhaber at Eastside Exchange.

Photo Credit: Byron Beck on Flickr (Image Cropped)

 
 

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