EXCLUSIVE: 140 LGBT Leaders, Allies Endorse National Equality March

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. "

Comments

  1. says

    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.

  2. 24play says

    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.

  3. Malo says

    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.

  4. bading says

    @ 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!

  5. says

    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

  6. Mike says

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

  7. Brian says

    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?

  8. Paul Grant says

    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

  9. Jeff In Boston says

    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.

  10. Sean says

    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.

  11. says

    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!”

  12. Gregoire says

    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.

  13. StevieLee says

    @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!

  14. says

    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!

  15. 24play says

    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.

  16. Gregoire says

    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.

  17. says

    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.

  18. Bill in SoCal says

    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.

  19. 24play says

    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.

  20. brimadison says

    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.

  21. says

    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!

  22. Josh G. says

    This march is an out-of-the-box failure. It will be attended by less than 20,000 – maybe 10,000 people. There are tons of hotel rooms available in Washington that weekend. Tons.

    It’s a bad economy. It’s on Sunday of a Columbus Day weekend, which means everyone on Wall Street (thousands of LGBT folks) and at least half of non-government employees work.

    Their budget, posted on the website, is laughable and doesn’t begin to cover all of the expenses, so it will end up being another loser financially with unpaid bills and related nonsense.

    Few people I know are going outside of political types who view their attendance as a peacekeeping gesture (i.e., Stonewall 1.0 reaching out to Stonewall 2.0 in a cursory way).

    If you want to help the movement, take the money you’d spend in Washingtona and support the marriage effort in Maine.

    Cleve Jones’ ego project is doomed.

    Jones doesn’t want constructive criticism. He wants his baby to succeed. And to those who argue that activists can support both the ill-conceived march and marriage efforts in Maine and elsewhere, resources are finite. It’s either/or despite arguments to the contrary.

    Jones should move immediately to cancel the march, make it a leadership and Stonewall 2.0 summit and abandon the delusion that this event has more than a modicum of support among the LGBT community at large.

    It’s a vanity project and should be treated as such.

  23. JT says

    If I can attend this march in spite of the danger of possibly running into that big stupid horse Ann Northrop, then anybody can put aside their differences and go.

  24. Bill Perdue says

    Democrats, including the White House and christer rightists like Lonnie McClurkin, Kirbyjon Caldwell and Rick Warren, all big time Obama cronies, have tried to stop this march since day one because they understand that it can’t help but become an anti-Obama rally.

    They’ll be as successful stopping it as they are in slowing Obama’s headlong slide in the polls.

    Obama and the Democrats are Republicans in drag.

    Who needs more of that?

    It’s win, win for the LGBT communities. We get to have a march that will help pull together the movement and help it become independent of backstabbers like Obama and the Democrats and his junior partners the Republicans.

  25. 24play says

    Ann Northrop is one of the smartest, kindest, most dedicated, and most hardworking LGBT activists I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

  26. JT says

    24, if you like that sarcastic dope Ann Northrop then you’ll be at that march right beside her. (Maybe by now she’s dropped that pseudo-Dinah Shore look).

  27. Bert Coleman says

    We are still for songwriters to submit a song that would convey what the March is all about. We want our own “We Shall Overcome” The song should have a great hook and be easy for people to remember.
    Go to Song Idol Contest at Equality Across America to see rules and regulations.
    And hopefully will see you at the March in October

  28. LOrion says

    …and while considering the March: Remember this …. from jaysays
    “While many are debating whether or not to proceed with at 2010 ballot initiative and whether or not to support the National Equality March, here in my neck of the woods, we’re still trying to figure out how to keep kids from hanging themselves from the rafters because they are demonized for being “gay.”

    We need a national front to help change the lives of the future generations of our people. If you still don’t support the National Equality March, try walking a mile in a gay or transgender kid’s shoes in Jonesboro, Arkansas where social and legal changes to LGBT equality will likely never occur without involvement from our national government. After that, you may be singing a different tune.”

  29. LOrion says

    Also see JOE’s post above.
    SOMEONE needs to March for those who CANT. I hope someone meets him, if he wishes, gets his photo, make a poster and carries it with them at the March.
    …. and Think about others you could do that for!

  30. 24play says

    Right, Lorion. Because anyone who’s criticizing the National Ego March obviously just doesn’t realize that most progress on LGBT issues needs to come from the federal level.

    How silly of us!

  31. Bill McCann says

    Its not about me.
    its not about you.
    its about us and our rights and the future of our younger brothers and sister.
    support the march because
    its a “we” thing.

  32. says

    I know of one person whose name was included on this list without their consent. This person has never supported the March and has been critical of it in the past. However, I am disappointed to say, this person has decided to allow their name to continue to be included.

    If I was this person, I would be incredibly angry, but I guess that’s me, I suppose. I think it just proves that the organizers of the March will do anything (lie, distort the facts, fail to get confirmation of support, etc.) to further the cause of the March. I was particularly offended by the attempt to tie the March to recent memorial in Tel Aviv for slain LGBT children.

    If I am wrong about the eventual outcome of the March, I will be more than willing to say so, but I still fear that this whole thing is going to blow up in our faces. It doesn’t matter if a person supported the March or not. This is going to impact on all LGBT.

    We are living in extremely volatile times and the right wing and Fox News will stop at nothing to paint this in a negative light. Look at the damage that they have caused to health care reform by spreading lies and fear. I have already stated several times how this will look in lieu of our present economic situation. I can just see the news reports on Fox about “rich gay people jetting off to Washington DC for a weekend of partying and whining about not getting special rights when many people in our country can’t even afford to properly feed their families and give them sufficient health care.” People have criticized my view of the right wing and Fox News using the March against us as being illogical. When have the right wing and Fox News ever used logic? It doesn’t matter. A large percentage of the American public who love Fox News will eat this up.

    I am also ready to take the blame if the March fails. LGBT who never supported the March in the first place will be blamed for its failure. Those of us who were opposed to the March will become the scapegoats. I often hear March supporters say “If you don’t support the March, shut up and get out of our way!” I have been branded a traitor to LGBT rights and called worse just because I don’t support the March and believe that the consequences will possibly do more harm than good. Dissent is not allowed in the LGBT New World Order.

  33. 24play says

    Bert,

    I have a couple nominees for official anthem of the National Ego March.

    This one would be perfect:

    Of course, I can also totally picture Cleve Jones delivering a definitive version of this classic:

  34. says

    At 38 days before the March, The Madison Hotel (where the National Equality March “war room” will be headquartered) still has several rooms available for the weekend of the March. There are even rooms that allow dogs available. I know from previous experience that finding rooms in large cities when you are traveling with a dog on a weekend is sometimes very difficult. The Madison Hotel has less than 400 rooms. You would think if David Mixner’s prediction of one million marchers is going to come true, The Madison Hotel would be booked up. Even if a thousand people were attending the March, The Madison Hotel would be booked up. Is there something here that I am missing?

  35. says

    All the hotels listed on the Equality Across America website have rooms available. One hotel has over 100 rooms available. I’ve found over 50 hotels in the March area that have rooms available for the three nights of the March weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun). Is anyone planning to go?

    Hello? Is there anyone out there?

    Hello?

    Hello?

    Is this thing on?

  36. says

    This thread has died. It seems rather peaceful here alone. I might just be that tree that falls and lands on the Pope shitting in the woods and no one hears him being smashed to death.

    My real concern now is that LGBT who cannot really afford to attend the March are going to squander their rent and utility money needed for the middle of winter by traveling to Washington DC to find that only a handful of people showed up. I’ve spoken to one lesbian with disabilities and limited income who is determined to attend if her health holds out. I can only imagine the anguish she will feel after struggling to get Washington DC to find the streets empty. If that happens, I hope Cleve Jones burns in hell. I hear that there are no “Milk” movie posters or “Milk” movie sweatshirts to use as look-at-me props there.

    I truly believe that most of us do more to further human rights every day on the internet than any event or action held anywhere. We didn’t have the same means to convey our messages before Web 2.0. That is why marches and demonstrations were important in the past.

    In my opinion, marches and demonstrations are about as relevant today as my reel-to-reel tape recorder, my Apple IIe, and my Betamax. Those relics of the past still work and they have a certain nostalgic value, but I never even plug them in and turn them on anymore.

    I was involved in the underground press during the Viet Nam anti-war era. I remember all the work involved in typing text and pasting up graphics and haggling with printers 30 miles away. I remember cold winter days standing on street corners handing out newspapers until the police finally showed up to threaten arrest or to escort my friends and me to the city limits of a town. Now I can do all that we did faster, safer, and more effectively sitting right here at this desk.

    And I still wonder if anyone is listening, just like I wondered back then.

  37. Paul R says

    Michael Dean, I can see some of your points. But a lot of march attendees will be local residents. Getting together 50,000 people for a march in a major metropolitan area for a civil rights cause isn’t actually that difficult—as long as the weather is half-decent (yes that’s true: weather plays a huge role in turnout).

    The Madison is a nice hotel. I understand that a lot of other hotels have vacancies too, but I also think a lot of out of towners will be staying with friends, family, or in the MD/VA suburbs. Most people simply don’t have the resources to make a weekend visit trip to DC if they live more than a couple hundred miles away.

    All that said, what the hell happened to Urvashi Vaid? When I was in college I was utterly convinced that she would be the LGBT leader we so desperately needed. That was nearly 20 years ago, and this is the first time I’ve seen her name since then. She’s an incredible speaker.

  38. says

    50,000 people?

    What happened to David Mixner’s prediction of one million marchers? And if “most people simply don’t have the resources to make a weekend visit trip to DC if they live more than a couple hundred miles away” why aren’t they calling this “Equality Across Maryland and Virginia”? Is the purpose of the March to train people to go back to Virginia and Maryland and work for LGBT Rights?

    Everything that you are saying in your comment contradicts what Cleve Jones says in the Bilerico.com video interview. I still haven’t heard a single rational argument explaining why the National Ego March is even occurring. The reasons given change more often than the name of the March.

  39. Paul R says

    I’m not a spokesperson for the March, just making a couple points. I attended the last two, and I have to admit that I don’t see much point in them and that the timing for this one is poor and seems to simply reflect when they’ve happened in the past. Happy? And I say that with the sincerest apologies to Derek Washington, a commenter here I greatly respect who I know is working very hard to advance the March. My feelings could be undermined by my loathing of DC, where I lived for a couple decades. I’m not pals with Cleve or David.

    And 50,000 was a gross underestimate. The SF LGBT parade gets at least 500,000; Folsom Street Fair almost as many. I have no idea how many will attend the March in DC, but it will be a lot more than 50K.

  40. JustMeee says

    Wow, you get to EXCLUSIVELY publish the list??!?!?! That makes you one of the IN crowd!!! Whoo hoo!

  41. says

    As a straight person, I could be the least welcome person here. I heard Cleve Jones speak and I think he makes sense. Only the Federal government can change the laws. I know the argument about timing and finances. But it isn’t over after this march. The only logical battlefront is Federal. Even in the states where marriage is legal, you get no Federal Rights. If you don’t think a march itself is a good idea, fine. But show me the logic of how this is going to work state by state, playing “now you can get married”, “now you can’t”. Anti-gay activists will never stop until it’s Federal Law. And if you live in Mississippi, you’ll never see gay rights in your children’s lifetime.
    BRIMADISON, you are right on the money.
    For those of you who think this is about ego and rich gays, I can take a bus for $60 roundtrip from Wisconsin. Stop whining.