It's happening right now. Today is also national coming out day. And President Obama gave a speech yesterday on the eve of this event. A busy weekend for gay rights.
National coming out day "is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues" (wikipedia). And today is also the day of the National Equality March which comes just as the Hate Crimes law (Matthew Sheppard Act) is about to be signed into law, and just before Congressional hearings on repealing DADT are going to take place.
Sunday, Oct. 11th, 2009
* Oct 11, 2009 - 8am Official Interfaith Service
An interfaith service with singing and celebration!
* Oct 11, 2009 - 8:00am Cadence RunRun with LGBT Servicemembers and veterans military style, around the memorials/monuments
* Oct 11, 2009 - 8:00am-10:00am Community Strategy Breakfast: Movement Principles & Coalition Building (Podcast by Bilerico.com)
A community discussion featuring The Dallas Principles, Florida OUT (a coalition model), and the new movement web-tool - The Whip Count - by ActOnPrinciples.org and equalitygiving.org.
* Oct 11, 2009 - 12 noon National Equality March
March for Equality!
* Oct 11, 2009 - Approximately 2:00pm National Equality March Rally
The March culminates in a rally at the Capitol Building.
Last night President Obama gave a speech on the eve of the march at an HRC event (the largest US lgbt rights org) and discussed many things. The whole speech was about 25 minutes, but this clip of the middle section of the speech is where he mentions Hate Crimes, inclusive ENDA, DADT, DOMA, & Immigration/Aids:
Some people have criticized the march effort because they felt the time and resources could be better used elsewhere. My opinion is that rallies & marches can help motivate people, and build strong networks & connections, and that they are worthwhile if people return to their home districts & get to work there so that the fight for equality happens on both the national & local levels.
Below is one way you can help out locally, and here is why you should:
Independently of being an openly gay town councilman running for mayor, he has my support for a number of reasons, because he is also the only democrat in the race, he is strong on issues of public transit, environmental issues (he got the Sierra Club endorsement), he's participating in campaign finance reform/voter owned elections meaning his opponents can outspend him while he stands up for reform, managed growth, affordable housing, and social justice issues.
Mark Kleinschmidt for Mayor
Canvassing – Walking Weaver Dairy (Sat Oct 17th 12:30)
Early voting starts on the 15th at some locations in Orange County, the planetarium opens for early voting on the 19th, the election is on Nov 3rd. Additional info on early voting/same day registration can be found here: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/onestop.asp This election is about to happen, can you help?