The National Equality March Is Almost Here

is approaching fast, taking place on Saturday, October 11th in Washington DC.
Some of the latest NEWS &
on the march…Cleve Jones recently sent a letter to President Obama,
urging him to join them at the rally. There is also a posting of the latest
list of EVENTS to
be taking place during the weekend. Having received their official permits, an
official march route has been designated and released. You can check it out
here: MAP
. Through the website you can take advantage of SPECIAL AIRLINE DISCOUNTS
. If you would like to donate to the march, you can by
clicking here: NATIONAL

There are various SOLIDARITY
planned throughout the country and around the world, including a Solidarity Event in
is hosting the San Francisco Bridge
Walk For Marriage Equality
on the same day, October 11th. In Fresno you can
hook up with the group heading up by clicking here: FRESNO

There’s been a good deal of conflict over the National March, on all sides
of the issue. We have to remember that although we call ourselves one
community, we remain individuals with different opinions. However we’re after
the same goal, equal civil rights for all LGBT Americans. Clearly, none of us
knows the answer as to how to obtain those rights, as we’ve faced failure on so
many fronts. But I hope at this point we can put aside current arguments and
wish nothing but success for the March. Because this March is not just about
the people who are organizing it or the people that can be there. This March is
for all LGBT Americans, and was always intended as such. This March, as with
other efforts on a National level, demonstrate to the opposition that we won’t
play State by State forever.  It says loud and clear that we’re willing to
up the ante.

We are not who the opposing side paints us to be. We know that. Many of them
know that. Still, we’re forced daily to be verbally abused and debased by
hateful words and lies. We are confronted by physical and emotional abuse. Yes,
it’s painful. Yes, it wears you down. Yes, we thought this would be over by
now. But YES, our rights WILL be granted. We may not be able to say when, but
they will be granted, and the National March, as all efforts which will come
after it, are working toward that goal. This is America, and even faced with
another day of injustice which has become difficult to understand, we must
continue standing with confidence that eventually, we will have our equality.

As it’s been said many times for many years, the
single most important action for any LGBT American is to come out into the
open, to be who we are in all aspects of our lives. For some of us there’s not
a lot of sacrifice to being out. For others, the sacrifice is great. But
sacrifice, on various levels, is necessary to move ourselves forward.
Visibility is our strongest weapon in tearing down this inexcusable tyranny our
community lives through every day.

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