I called my 105-year-old great-grandmother. She never imagined that she would live to see this day. I called my mom and my dad and my uncles and my cousins. I felt proud as an African-American man.
And then I shed another tear. The group around me was silenced during Senator John McCain's concession speech and at the onset of President-elect Barak Obama address. Then more applause erupted at 66 Election Center as President-elect Barack Obama uttered the word "gay" in his Chicago victory address. I was stunned. A president uttering the word gay with a message of inclusion instead dissent. When was the last time a president used the word not to marginalize me as a gay man, but to unify me as an American? I felt proud. Gay, African-American: a new hope for both.
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