Video: Inaugural poet Richard Blanco talks to Anderson Cooper about President Obama’s historic speech
Richard Blanco is all the rage this week and with good reason!
The inaugural poet is a dream man: handsome, sensitive, articulate, sexy, talented and on and on and on.
Blanco had already made history as the first gay and first Latino inaugural poet in US history when he stepped onto the podium Monday to deliver his poem One Today.
But he had no idea that day would be so history making in other ways in the fight for LGBT equality. President Barack Obama likened to the gay rights movement’s Stonewall Riots to the civil rights milestones Seneca Falls (women’s equality) and Selma (black equality).
‘It was like a great moment for me outside the poem,’ Blanco tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper. ‘I just thought it was simply amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that that powerfully before – especially while I was right there in person.’
‘That was a great way to couch it,’ Blanco adds. ‘I feel that’s how it is.’
The 1969 Stonewall Riots ignited the modern day gay rights movement when a groups of gays, lesbians and transgender people fought back against a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.
‘When you think about it, historically, that wasn’t that long ago,’ Blanco tells Cooper. ‘It’s just amazing how things have changed.’