Marriage News Watch one month out

After North Carolina went through the pain of a marriage vote earlier this year, I feel for those going through it in other states in just under a month. Maryland, Maine, and Washington are all fighting for marriage equality, and Minnesota is fighting against a discriminatory amendment just like we faced.

I like the polling the I've seen for Maine and Washington, but for Maryland and Minnesota it's tight. I know with so many important races in North Carolina that's hard to give any more, especially out of state. Maryland is close enough that it feels real. I know people from our Mid-Atlantic neighbor a few states north. If you can give to the equality effort there, you can do so by clicking here.

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Thursday is National Coming Out Day

On a somewhat related note, tomorrow is National Coming Out Day:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Coming_Out_Day

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender—coming out regarding one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The holiday is observed annually by members of the LGBT community on October 11.

Also going on:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_History_Month

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11.

October was chosen by Wilson as the month for the celebration because National Coming Out Day already was established as a widely known event, on October 11, and October commemorated the first March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation by LGBT people in 1979.

Nothing does so much for equality as knowing someone who is LGBT or an open ally. Sometimes allies have to come out too. Especially in conservative areas where it might be assumed you're anti-equality like those around you. Coming out isn't a one time thing either. It takes reminders from time to time that you're out there for equality. Whether it's donating to a pro-equality campaign or putting up a facebook or twitter status. Tomorrow is a good day to be out for equality however you can.

10/11/12

Today's the day! The NCSU GLBT Community Alliance is celebrating by giving away I <3 Diversity t-shirts at the brickyard from 11:30am until 1pm and doing voter registrations too! Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote.