Fort Lauderdale residents Jason King and Dean Trantalis attended a LGBT Pride reception at the White House last week.

King, the legislative affairs manager for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Southern Bureau, gave an interview to SFGN about his experience.

“It was a wonderful,” King said. “They really put on an elegant party.”

King and Trantalis were invited by U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings. President Barack Obama attended the reception and encouraged the 300 attendees to keep up the fight for equality.

"He (Obama) reminded us that our rights could be taken away and that we must maintain the fight for equality, awareness and education,” King said.

The Florida Democratic Party is holding a leadership conference this weekend in Hollywood and King said he plans to participate. Earlier this year, he campaigned to be a delegate to the DNC Convention in Philadelphia. Pledging his support to Hillary Clinton, King came up short in his delegate campaign in Florida’s congressional district 22.

“It was a humbling experience,” said the 29-year-old lobbyist. “It taught me to get serious about what value I can bring to the community and if there is an appetite for younger people to get involved in politics.”

King said he intends to apply to be a committeeman in his home precinct. He also praised Trantalis’ response to the Orlando massacre, noting his friend was the only Fort Lauderdale Commissioner to attend Sunday evening’s vigil at Equality Park.


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