Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Visits HRC
May 21, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Richard Blanco, who had the distinct honor of serving as President Obama’s inaugural poet at his swearing-in ceremony in January, stopped by the HRC office today to read some of his original work and to answer a few questions from staff.
As the first openly gay inaugural poet, in addition to being the youngest and first Latino chosen, Blanco has indeed secured a place in LGBT history.
However, it was not until his third book did Blanco address his own sexual identity. It was then that he began to explore his “cultural sexuality,” or the intersection of multiple identities: that of an openly gay man, a Cuban and an American.
America is made up of people who are at these types of intersections, Blanco said, and together, we create a community that transcends geography.
“It is not that we are one today; It is the potential to be one today and the reminder that we must thrive for that,” said Blanco.
Listen to Blanco’s inaugural poem, “One Today,” below.