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EXCLUSIVE: 140 LGBT Leaders, Allies Endorse National Equality March

A groundswell of support for the National Equality March, set for October 10 and 11 in Washington D.C., is building as the date approaches. Towleroad can exclusively reveal a list from Equality Across America of 140 prominent LGBT figures and allies who have put their names and endorsements behind the National Equality March, which seeks equal protection in all matters governed by law in all 50 states.

Equalitymarch The new list consists of a broad range of LGBT strategists and visionaries, media figures, entertainment industry notables, elected officials, and HIV/AIDS and community activists, from across the country.

Said activist Robin McGehee, who is running day-to-day operations of the march with Kip Williams: "I will never be able to describe the humbling amazement of a once closeted lesbian from Mississippi, who would read about the movement and it's leaders, now being able to work with and plan for the people and community I had admired from afar.  The people and organizations that are endorsing the National Equality March are giving young activist and organizers, like myself, encouragement and support to continue our movement's forward push for full federal equality."

Among the 140 new endorsers of the march are activists, strategists, and leaders in the fight for LGBT equality: Diane Abbitt, Roberta Bennett, Ethan Geto, Neil Giuliano, Cleve Jones, David Mixner, Nicole Murray-Ramirez, Ann Northrop, Torie Osborn, Judy Shepard, Nadine Smith, Peter Staley, Sean Strub, Urvashi Vaid and William Waybourn.

Entertainment industry endorsements include: Oscar-winning Actress Charlize Theron; Oscar-winning Producer Bruce Cohen; Oscar-winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black; Emmy-winning Actress Judith Light; Tony Award winners Alan Cumming and Harvey Fierstein; Jazz impresarios Kate Clinton and Dave Koz; Chad Allen; "Mad Men's" Bryan Batt; Beth Broderick; David Drake; Herb Hamsher; Lance Horne; Dan Karslake; Michael Kearns; Tim Miller; Holly Near; Larry Sullivan; Bruce Vilanch and Judge David Young.

Elected officials and other political leaders endorsing October's march include: US Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); State Senator Tom Duane (D-NY); San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty; former US Congressman Ed Feighan; Assembly Member Micah Kellner (D-NY); former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl; Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell (D-NY); NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn; Victory Fund president and CEO, Chuck Wolfe; Donald Hitchcock; Charles O'Byrne; Marsha Scott; Frank Selvaggi; Richard Socarides; Rich Tafel; Will Trinkle; Jon Winkleman; Peter Yacobellis and Paul Yandura.

Endorsements by members of  the media include: Air America's David Bender, and other radio personalities, Lance Helms, Ace Lundon, Michelangelo Signorile, and Tony Sweet; as well as literary figures and blog writers, Richard Burns, Robert Desiderio, Lane Hudson, Doug Ireland, Jonathan Katz, Eric Marcus, Patrick Range McDonald, Bob Smith, and Pam Spaulding.

HIV/AIDS and other community activists endorsing the march include: Chip Arndt, Aaron Baldwin, Dr. Jerry Cade, Mark Ishaug, Corey Johnson, Dr. Tony Mills and Dan Montoya. Leaders of the faith community endorsing the NEM include: C. Weldon Gaddy (Interfaith Alliance), Mitchell Gold (Faith in America), MCC Church Founder Rev. Troy Perry, and President of Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, and Soul Force Freedom Ride Founder, Jake Reitan.

We at Towleroad (Andy Towle and Michael Goff) are included on the list as well and urge everyone to meet us in Washington D.C. in October.

The full list of new endorsers, AFTER THE JUMP...

NEW LIST of 140 ENDORSERS of the NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH

Diane Abbitt, President, California Equality and Lesbian Legend!     
Chad Allen, Actor/ Producer                    
Jeff Anderson, Fundraiser/ Activist (San Francisco)            
Chip Arndt, Activist, Winner of the Amazing Race 4            
Toni Atkins, Former City Council Member of San Diego        
Dennis Bailey, Author/Actor                    
Aaron Baldwin, LGBTQ/HIV Activist                
Tammy Baldwin,  Congresswomen (D- WI)            
Jarrett Tomás Barrios, President, GLADD                
Bryan Batt, Actor, AMC’s “Mad Men”                
David Bender, Air America                    
Roberta Bennett, Attorney/Legendary Activist            
Jeff Berman, Attorney at Law / New York City            
Dustin Lance Black, Oscar Winning Screenwriter (”Milk”)        
Jeremy Blacklow, Entertainment Industry            
Steven Bluestein, Playwright                    
Beth Broderick, Actress                    
Bil Browning, Founder and Publisher of Bilerico.com        
Richard Burns, Screenwriter                    
Dr. Jerry Cade, Director HIV Service University Medical Center/Las Vegas    
Jeffrey H. Campagna, Founder, ThePowerOnline.org        
Tom Carpenter, Former CoChair of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)
Michael Cashman, Member of the European Parliament        
Lt. Daniel Choi, West Point and United States Army            
Kate Clinton, Comedian/Writer                
Bruce Cohen, Oscar Wining Producer                
Alan Cummings,  Actor                    
Robert Desiderio, Actor                    
Tanya L. Domi, Former US Army Captain/ Human Rights Advocate    
Clay Doherty, Former Executive Director, Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council of the DNC
William Alan Donius, Former Chairmen/ CEO Pulaksi Bank/ St. Louis    
Craig Dougherty, Corporate Leader/ Entrepreneur            
David Drake, Obie Award Winning Actor/ Playwright and Director    
Tom Duane, New York State Senator                
Bevan Duffy, San Francisco Board of Supervisors            
Rabbi Denise Eger, President of Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis    
Brian Ellner, Political Activist/ New York                
Edward Feighan, Former United States Member of Congress (D-Ohio)    
Harvey Fierstein, Actor/ Writer                
Sally Fisher, Founder/Intersect Worldwide            
Randy Florke, Founder, Rural Connection            
Robert Forbuss, Nevada Board of Regents            
Joe Freeman, Political Activist                    
Alan Friel, Labor Day LA                    
C Weldon Gaddy,  Interfaith Alliance                
Ethan Geto, Geto and de Milly                    
Neil Giuliano, Former Mayor of Tempe, Arizona and President of GLAAD    
Mitchell Gold, Faith in America – Board President            
Michael Goff, Towleroad/ModUrban Media / Founder, Out magazine
Herb Hamsher, Producer/ Manager                
Lance Helms, Talk Show Host, “Lundon Calling”            
Lance Horne,  Musician                    
Mark Ishaug,  President, AIDS Foundation of Chicago        
Chad Johnson, Former Executive Director National Stonewall Democrats    
Corey Johnson, New York Democratic Party Activist            
Lane Hudson, Commentator and Writer                
Doug Ireland, Journalist                    
Cleve Jones, Activist, The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt        
Kim Kakerbeck, Former CoChair of Empire State Pride Agenda (New York)
Gregg Kaminsky, Travel Expert                    
Barry Karas, Political Operative/ANGLE                
Fred Karger, Founder, Californian’s Against Hate            
Leslie Katz, Former San Francisco Supervisor            
Dan Karslake, Director/Producer (”For the Bible Tells Me So”)        
Jonathan Katz, Author/Historian/ University of Buffalo        
Michael Kearns, Actor/Activist                    
Micah Kellner, New York State Assembly Member            
Dave Koz, Smooth Jazz Legend For Sax                
Sheila Kuehl, Former California State Senator            
Donald Hitchcock, Democratic Party Activist            
Judith Light,  Actress                    
Tony Leonhardt, Union Advocate, Association of Professional Flight Attendants
Ace Lundon, Talk Show Host, “Lundon Calling”            
Jack Mackenroth, Fashion Designer/ TV Producer            
Sean Maloney, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP            
Eric Marcus, Writer/ Journalist                    
Patrick Range McDonald, Award Winning Journalist            
Robin McGehee, Activist, Meet In The Middle Organizer        
Dana Miller, Producer/ Writer                    
Tim Miller, Actor/ Performance Artist                
Dr. Tony Mills, HIV/ AIDS Activist                
David Mixner, Author/Activist                    
Patrick Menasco, Attorney                    
Dan Montoya, Former Presidential Commission on HIV/AIDS Member    
Larry Moss, New York Democratic Party Official            
Christopher Murray, Author/ Psychotherapist            
Holly Near, Musician/Actress                    
Ann Northrop, Activist, Co-host Gay USA                
Charles O’Byrne, Prominent Political Strategist            
Danny O'Donnell, Assemblyman, NY                
Andrew Oldershaw, LGBT Media Specialist            
Torie Osborn, Author/Activist                    
Dan Osheyack, Point Foundation Board Member            
Alfredo Paredes, Executive Vice President, Polo Ralph Lauren        
Jay Perez, Attorney at Law/ St. Louis                
Dana Perlman, Human Rights Campaign Board Member        
Rev Troy Perry, Founder of the MCC Church            
Christine Quinn, City Council President of New York City        
Nichol Ramirez, City Commissioner, San Diego, Activist        
Phil Reese, Talk Show Host, “Lundon Calling”            
Jacob Reitan, Founder of Soul Force’s Equality Rides and “The Right To Serve”
Randi and Philip Reitan, Parent Activists for LGBT Rights        
Howard Rosenman, Film and Television Producer, Writer and Actor    
Guy Ross, Trustee, University of Richmond (Virginia)        
Marsha Scott, White House, President Clinton            
Frank Selvaggi, Co-Chair of Empire State Pride Agenda/ New York    
Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation            
Michelangelo Signorile, Talk Show Host/Writer            
Bob Smith, Comedian/ Author                    
Richard Socarides, White House Special Assistant to President Clinton    
Jeff Soukup, Fundraiser/ Activist (San Francisco)            
Pam Spaulding, Blogger                    
Peter Staley, Founder and Advisory Editor/AIDSmeds.com        
Jonathan Stoller, Financial Advisor                
Alan M. Strasburg, Former Board Chair, The Trevor Project        
Sean Strub, Founder of Poz Magazine and CEO of Cable Positive    
Tony Sweet, Talk Show Host/ Los Angeles            
Larry Sullivan, Actor/The Trip                    
Rich Tafel, Founder of Log Cabin Republicans/ President of RLT Strategies
Charlize Theron, Academy Award Winning Actress            
Andy Towle, Towleroad.com
Jeff Trandahl, Washington, DC / Environmentalists            
Will Trinkle, Board Member of GLAAD                
Curt Truman, Los Angeles, President Truman Real Estate        
Urvashi Vaid, Author/ Activist/ LGBT Leader            
Dana Vera, Managing Editor/ White Crane Journal            
Bruce Vilanch, Writer/ Actor                    
Bo Young, White Crane Institute/ White Crane Journal        
Honey Ward, The Experience                    
William Waybourn, Former Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Former Managing Director of GLAAD
Scott Widmeyer, Former Board Chair of Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and CEO of Widmeyer Communications
Kip Williams, Activist, One Struggle One Fight            
Rev. Nancy Wilson, Head of International MCC Church        
Bob Wingate, Publisher, Outbound Press                
Jon Winkleman, Stonewall Democrats                
Chuck Wolfe, CEO and President of National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
Peter Yacobellis,  Aide to Governor Paterson            
Paul Yandura, White House, President Clinton            
Judge David Young, Television Judge                
Jose M. Zuniga, CEO of International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care

"Equality Across America (EAA) is a network of decentralized organizers in every one of the 435 Congressional districts. These organizers form Congressional District Action Teams (CDATs) that work within their own communities to achieve full equality for LGBT Americans and their families. EAA supports the following key pieces of legislation: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), the Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). With members of every race, class, faith, and community, EAA sees the struggle for LGBT equality as part of a larger movement for peace and social justice. The National Equality March (NEM) is being organized by EAA to show broad-based support for full equality for LGBT Americans on the doorstep of those who can make that happen – the United States Congress. The event will be held Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Each EAA Congressional District Action Team will mobilize its community to attend the event. "

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  1. Please. PLEASE.

    At the march, have a sign with a number:

    The number of LGBTQI Americans who WANTED to attend but could not because they are mentally or physically disabled, or living well-below the poverty level, etc.

    I would be on that list. We feel as if we do not matter to the "activists", and feel as if we are never represented.

    It feels as if NO ONE is able to protect us from a country over-stepping its bounds when it comes to voting on civil rights.

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Sep 1, 2009 1:14:31 PM


  2. There are a lot of people on this list who endorsed the March months ago: David Mixner, Cleve Jones, Sean Strub, Towleroad's own Cory Johnson, Robin McGehee, Dan Choi, etc. And, I'd estimate, dozens of others.

    So it's horseshit (on the part of the March's self-appointed organizers, as well as Towleroad) to proclaim this to be a "NEW LIST of 140 ENDORSERS."

    Groundswell or trickle? You decide.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 1, 2009 1:19:26 PM


  3. After 8 some years We will return to D.C. for the march. We have missed our friends, museums, and so much else... . Take note: We have waited more than 25 years for our rights and to get married. It is time. We will spend our hard earned money in this city. Make it worth it people/organizers. We are getting old and tired of little results.

    M & J.

    Posted by: Malo | Sep 1, 2009 1:25:15 PM


  4. @ 24play

    First of all let's get the semantics out of the way. 'New List' means a newly compiled list, with additions to the original list. Second of all, if you are not actively contributing anything to the march, I suggest you SHUT THE FUCK UP!

    Posted by: bading | Sep 1, 2009 1:29:23 PM


  5. John B. PLEASE contact me! I am the Director of Diversity and Outreach for The National Equality March and want to include the disabled. I am HIV positive and would never exclude anyone with a disability.

    Thank you Towle road for your support! I have been reading and commenting for years and am so proud to have your endorsement for The National Equality March!

    my info: derekisademocrat@gmail.com

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 1, 2009 1:41:47 PM


  6. BTW, thank you Bading.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 1, 2009 1:42:38 PM


  7. "Among the 140 new endorsers of the march are..."

    That's pretty fucking clear, Bading. (Also pretty fucking hilarious.)

    But really, y'all enjoy playing your supporting roles in Cleve and David's National Ego March.


    Personally, I'm with Steve Ault:

    Top-Down “National March for Equality” Won’t Wash

    http://chelseanow.com/articles/2009/07/29/gay_city_news/editors_latest/doc4a7066ff0c126824664162.txt

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 1, 2009 1:51:32 PM


  8. Umm, after bashing this March for weeks and weeks, Pam Spaulding is now endorsing it? Is this list confirmed?

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 1, 2009 1:53:18 PM


  9. Derek, be sure to ask him what his "disability" is.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 1, 2009 1:59:51 PM


  10. How exactly will this march help Maine and Washington keep their marriage and domestic partnership victories? If half the people who went to the march went to Maine or Washington instead to go door to door and encourage people to vote for equality can you imagine the impact THAT would have?

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 1, 2009 3:11:09 PM


  11. ellen degeneres knows her power and she knows she is an inspiration for the lgbt community, right? she knows her coming out was huge. marrying portia was huge.

    i cant believe i dont see her name anywhere on here.

    bitch

    Posted by: Paul Grant | Sep 1, 2009 3:31:16 PM


  12. Jesus Christ, this is more worthless than the US News ranking of colleges. A television judge? Who the fuck cares? Now run a list of who is NOT endorsing this worthless pile of steaming dung that is the MOW. I'll be more interested in the list of allegedly disinterested high profile activists who end up speaking at this turkey. Then we'll know what their support was all about. Meanwhile, the people outside of NYC, DC, and elswhere -- remember California? -- can just fucking wait while the rest of these people gather for their self-serving circle jerk.

    Posted by: Jeff In Boston | Sep 1, 2009 3:37:13 PM


  13. Brian,

    With all due respect to the campaigns being run in Maine and Washington, which I support to the best of my ability, fundamental civil rights for a suspect minority class should never be put to a public vote, and instead of just taking care of the symptom by defending our rights state after state and election after election, we should additionally be focusing on solving the problem of the existence of these elections by taking our movement to the national level, demanding our Federal civil rights and challenging inherently unconstitutional measures and law such as Prop 8 and DOMA in Federal court. The day we win marriage equality by overturning Prop 8, DOMA and every state ban against gay marriage will be the day that we never again have to see stateside ballot measures challenging our civil right to marry.

    The same goes for DADT, Hate Crimes Bill and especially ENDA. Anchorage vetoed a non-discrimination bill for LGBT people because they said that discrimination doesn't exist, while the UT Governor is on the record saying that we shouldn't have to have rules to tell people to do the right thing with respect to discrimination against LGBT people. The basis behind both decisions are flawed, and a passed ENDA on a Federal level would trump both of these local circumstances along with similar circumstances across the entire country.

    The time is now for our LGBT civil rights movement to evolve from our localities and converge upon a national objective and strategy.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 1, 2009 3:39:53 PM


  14. I always regretted that I did not march in 1979... yet, I have no excuse for not being there this time! I am not a leader, and seldom join gay organizations... because most organization leaders kowtow to the corporate 500, instead of to the little guy... who cannot afford to go to "Black-tie" events. HOWEVER, this past weekend at the "Evening with Cleve Jones" event here in Chicago... I WOKE UP , and was inspired by Cleve's words and leadership... and impressed with a group of the new young gay activists in the "JOIN THE IMPACT/ Chicago" chapter... who charged only $5.to meet, listen and talk with Cleve, and only charging $100. to take a bus to Washington for the "Equality" March. I am going... and I hope that most of the 140 so called leaders... shut up, and allow the "Torch" to be passed to a new generation of gay rights fighters... and listen to what the new "CLEVE-like" activists have to say and want.
    Move over, and make room for CHANGE, and
    remind everyone... We have not yet begun to Fight..."WE HAVE JUST BEGUN TO WIN!"

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Sep 1, 2009 3:40:40 PM


  15. Wow, talk about the gays eating their own. If you don't want to participate, don't. If you do, then any little bit helps.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 1, 2009 3:43:47 PM


  16. @24Play

    This whack job is a "bottom down" DLC butt kisser who has nothing more to contribute to the gay community than he-or-she's own pathologically malcontented whining. You just know that this 24Play is one of those self-loathing queers who's on a hair trigger against anyone else who even remotely does anything more politically active than posting hateful bitchfest rants on blogsites like this one.

    Unfortunately. we've got scads of jurrasic, homophobic 24Plays who don't lift a finger for anyone - but are the first screeds out of the gate for anyone who actually does.
    As the old ACT-Up saying goes: if you don't have anything to contribute - pro or con - to the debate - then shut the f#ck up and get your passive li'l candy ass the f#ck out of the way"

    24Play: you do the Falwells, Phelp's and stepford Mormon boys proud!

    Posted by: StevieLee | Sep 1, 2009 3:48:43 PM


  17. We were in DC for the 1993 march, which was so big that the line basically stopped moving and we were at a standstill when the speeches began. The Vermont crowd decided to skip the parade route and go directly across the mall to where the speeches were.

    Our slogan: Vermont waits for no-one!
    That turned out to be prophetic. In 2000 we were the first state to get CUs. Though we were upstaged by MA through the courts in 2004, this year we were again the first state to achieve marriage equality through the legislature, and by a super-majority as well.

    Now we're pretty much set at the state level.

    Our beef is now with the Federal government, and it's time for us to go back to DC and point that out. MA, CT, IA, NH are in the same position. I don't see how high visibility at the national level will harm struggles in Maine and Washington. It might even energize them. It's pretty amazing to be in a place where gay people are actually in the majority on the streets, and that's what the '93 march felt like. I'd encourage everyone who can to come!

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Sep 1, 2009 4:11:28 PM


  18. Stevie Lee,

    I was a dedicated member of Act Up (no hyphen) here in New York for several years. Participated in many, many zaps and demos, in locations from the NIH in Bethesda to NY City Hall to the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, ME. Even got arrested at St. Pat's in 1989.

    And I don't have a homophobic bone in my body.

    This March is ill-conceived, poorly planned, and was thrown together simply to gratify the egos of Cleve Jones and David Mixner.

    Now, normally I wouldn't give a shit about those two clowns throwing themselves a circle-jerk in supposed support of any other LGBT issues. Every little bit helps, right? But a national March on Washington is different. It's a once-in-a-decade happening, and Cleve and David have selfishly commandeered what should be a community-wide event for their own selfish purposes.

    As a result there's a tremendous opportunity cost to the community: This ill-conceived, poorly timed, and probably lightly attended March means that there will no chance of there being a well-planned, smartly timed, truly grassroots March during the rest of Obama's first term—and probably not for another 8 to 10 years.

    For that reason, I'll continue to loudly push to have the October event cancelled or postponed.


    P.S. If you're looking for "DLC Butt kissers" to deride, comb through those 140 names again, why don'tcha? Mixner? Check. Socarides? Check. Marsha Scott? Check. Torie Osborne? Check. Clay Doherty? Check. Chad Johnson? Check.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 1, 2009 4:16:42 PM


  19. This thread is why I do not participate in gay political activism.

    Cleve and David might very well be the Heckle and Jeckle of gay queens. So we can either all sit back and watch this fail -- sending a strong message to America.

    Or we can get involved, get over all this sanctimonious infighting, override any potential incompetance at the top, recognize the potential of unity, and drive it as the collected voice of the ENTIRE gay community.

    They aren't reaching out to certain people? Cleve and David don't speak for gays, just a certain strain of gay activists. Don't be a bitter betty, show them up. Look past any potential pettiness and do it yourself.

    Better to help shape the conversation, even forcefully, then ignore it is happen.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 1, 2009 4:43:08 PM


  20. 24PLAY, have you ever met any of the folks you denounce? Have you ever met me?

    To those of you who denounce the March, you have every right to say your piece, this is America. However, please understand that for the first time in my life I am being included. I have been given the power to make sure that for the very first time, all the great neighborhoods of our vasy LGBT community are included. I will use that power to help all of the people who don't normally have a place at the table. I don't have a "name" and when I leave Washington, I won't have a "name". Nor do I want one. I just want to know I didn't sit on my ass and complain when there are so many ways, including this March, to make a better world for my LGBT brothers and sisters. That may sound like a bowl of treacle, but, I'm actually fighting back tears as I write this because I know what I'm reading is not true and the things you and others are saying about the people who are dedicating their time and energy for free, you're saying about honorable people that I now consider to be friends and mentors. You are saying these things about me. I feel like crawling back into my little apartment and just staying there until you stop saying these mean thisngs.

    But, I know I can't. And I won't.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 1, 2009 4:48:10 PM


  21. Next I want to see a list of corporate sponsors. All of these companies that court us and take our money for their goods and services need to step up to the plate. Not only with financial support for the event but with the even more important ethical/cultural support and visibility that says that their company stands for our civil rights and against the right-wing pressures placed on them. It is time to see who is willing be be seen with and who wants to take our money and then pretend that they don't know us.

    Posted by: Bill in SoCal | Sep 1, 2009 4:55:45 PM


  22. It's not personal, Derek. Obviously.

    Good luck with encouraging diversity. That's gotta be a tough row to hoe given the March leaders' utter disdain for actual grassroots organizing.

    Maybe on the next conference call you could mention how it's not too late to pick another date for the March—one that really will allow ample time to plan and organize in all 435 Congressional districts. You could also suggest a complete restructuring of the March organization to allow for actual input from all corners of the community.

    But I don't think Cleve and Company will be interested.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 1, 2009 5:03:18 PM


  23. Hey 24PLAY, reach out to me derekisademocrat@gmail.com

    Anybody else feel free to do the same. I don't want to take up Andy's space with my stuff.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 1, 2009 5:10:00 PM


  24. A challenge to everyone reading and posting here:

    "Between now and the Washington State and Maine referenda, I pledge to leave my drama and my baggage at the door. Instead of creating needless conflict, I agree to do whatever I can to combat anti-gay ballot measures, proactively pursue equality for all Americans, and work to foster a sense of community in my town, my congressional district, my state, and my country.

    "If I want to attend the national march in October, I will. If I don't, I won't.

    "However, before, during, and after the march weekend, I will do whatever I can to support the cause of equality in Washington State, Maine, and the rest of the nation.

    "If I can travel to Maine or Washington and go door-to-door to defeat their anti-equality referenda, I will. If I can donate money to either or both pro-equality campaigns in those states, I will. If I can volunteer for phone banking, even if from a remote location, I will. If I can spread the word to friends and family in those states, I will. If I can blast the message of equality out to all of my social networking contacts, both in Washington/Maine and elsewhere, I will.

    "I also pledge to continue to work for equality after the October march and the November referenda, until such time as full and equal rights are recognized by all citizens of the United States, no matter their sexual orientation or any other defining characteristics. I further pledge to offer CONSTRUCTIVE criticism of others' efforts in the struggle for equality, but I will refrain from tearing others' efforts down with inflammatory language and ad hominem attacks.

    "Finally, I recognize that only by working together will we ever defeat the well organized messengers of fear, ignorance, and hatred aligned against us."

    Now let's knock off the infighting and get to work.

    Posted by: brimadison | Sep 1, 2009 11:16:05 PM


  25. BRIMADISON, YOU ARE MY HERO!

    Thanks to everyome who sent emails and "friended" me on Facebook (DEREKWASHINGTON314)offering to help or support! Thanks to Towleroad for making me aware of the crap that constantly gets thrown at the LGBT commuinty while providing the latest Lance Bass boyfriedn updates!

    And special thanks to BRIMADISON who we should all try to think like!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 2, 2009 5:06:10 AM


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