The Democratic National Committee will officially announce Tuesday their choice of Charlotte as host to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The initial announcement was made this morning by First Lady Michelle Obama via email to members of the Democratic National Committee.

Charlotte had competed with three other finalists: Cleveland, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minn.; and St. Louis, Mo. The convention will be held in September 2012 and will bring an estimated 35,000 delegates, media professionals and others to the Queen City.

Ian Palmquist, executive director of Equality North Carolina, said Charlotte’s choice as host to the convention gives the state, including Charlotte’s and state’s LGBT community, a unique and rare spot at center stage.

“North Carolina is truly a purple state,” he told qnotes. “Having the national spotlight, I think, is an opportunity to highlight how far we’ve come and how far we have to go as a community.”

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Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.