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NGLTF Endorses National Equality March on Washington DC

The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force has endorsed the National Equality March set to take place on October 10th and 11th in Washington D.C.

Equalitymarch The group released a statement:

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a leader in building grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political power, endorses the National Equality March, which will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10-11. Thousands of people from across the country will march and rally in front of the U.S. Capitol demanding equal protection under the law for LGBT people and their families in all 50 states. At the march, the Task Force will engage new activists, support fair-minded clergy and other people of faith, and mobilize volunteer activists to return home engaged and energized.

"For the past 30 years, LGBT people and our allies have come together in Washington to be inspired, to engage in political action, and to go home geared up to create change. The National Equality March will bring together those of us who have never marched, those who want to renew their passion for action, and those who demand their voices be heard. When we mobilize for LGBT equality, for racial and economic justice, for a transformed society, and to make our love and lives visible, the Task Force is there. The Task Force will be there at the march to support the voices of new activists, LGBT people and our allies who push and push for the end to hatred, discrimination and unjust laws," says National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey.

As part of its commitment to support march participants in fighting for local, state and federal change, the Task Force will:

  • Utilize technology to connect people to concrete actions they can take on the local, state and national levels.
  • Lend its faith organizing expertise in helping to plan an interfaith worship service.
  • Work to connect state equality organizations and community centers with march participants the Task Force identifies from their states so they can further engage them to be active at home.
  • Engage march participants in ballot campaigns under way in Maine, Washington state and Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Engage and support new activists in honing their talents and grassroots skills after the weekend of the march.

Consistent with the march goal of seeking equality in all 50 states, the Task Force will maintain its longstanding commitment to provide organizers, expertise and money for key ballot measure fights under way in Maine, Washington state and Kalamazoo, Mich. The Task Force will reach out to march participants from these states to channel their energy to create change back home.

Earlier this week, we published a list of 140 LGBT leaders and allies who have put their names behind this march, which will call for equal protection in all matters governed by law in all 50 states.

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  1. Talk about coming late to the party! LOL

    Well I guess better late than never.

    Even that rag Queerty has let up on the bashing of the March. (I have to say I HATE Queerty now. For 3 months they have constantly bashed Cleve and the March. That site has really gone to shite)

    Posted by: Wolfie | Sep 4, 2009 9:22:47 AM

  2. The latecomers are realizing they don't want to look like the traitors who sat home on their butts.

    Posted by: JT | Sep 4, 2009 10:09:34 AM

  3. Queerty has always been shite.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 4, 2009 10:25:03 AM

  4. Queerty might actually be run by an anti-gay organization disguised as a self-loathing collective of bad journalists.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 4, 2009 11:34:34 AM

  5. I wouldn't doubt it, Greg. The one posing as "David Hauslaib" is a self-hating Jew too.

    Posted by: JT | Sep 4, 2009 11:53:58 AM

  6. Cool!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 4, 2009 12:18:05 PM

  7. 24PLAY: Shut the f*ck up! Who the hell cares if you don't like ANY of the GLBT "establishment". Your continuing rants against this upcoming march tells way more about you and your personal self-loathing than it does about the state of the GLBT community as a whole.

    Top down, bottom up, or coming at it from all sides, it's time that malcontents like yourself who offer nothing more than misogynist (your prior use of the "C" word here on this site), self-hating, homophobic narcissus drivel (your prior use of "faggot", silly queers" etc. nails you on this one).

    I highly doubt any of your self-proclaimed "credentials" as an ACT-UP activist, or anything else that you claim to have done that might be remotely beneficial to GLBT's. are about as surface and self-serving as your ID handle suggest. A shallow, bubble headed, frothy Janet Jackson groupie that tears down his, or her own people at every opportunity. We can do better by Mormons than the likes of you.

    As a true, and original ACT-UP NY participant, I remember very well Larry Kramers explosive and galvanizing speech the night that the group was formed in early February of 1987 . The room was filled with a decent cross-section of the GLBT community that up until that evening - rarely interacted and could barely tolerate (if at all) each other. There was plenty of people like yourselves in the room at the GLBT community center on W.13th street that were hissing and loudly shouting down anything and anyone who they did not agree with, or fully regard as "legitimate" representation of what they envisioned the GLBT to be. Larry became increasingly frustrated at this petty and hugely counter-productive infighting that threatened to destroy the very reason that we were all in that room that evening in the first place. He finally had had enough of the sniping and gave one of the most electrifying speeches I have ever witness. He told us that we were all "going to die" unless we could beyond our obvious differences and (paraphrasing) "stop this stupid and petty shit" and come together for the sake of our fundamental common goal - which was the same for all of us in that room - regardless of class, race, sex, or politics: to unite and join the fight (WAR) against the AIDS pandemic that was decimating our people - instead of fighting and tearing down each other.

    Whether you like, or dislike Mixner, Jones, Northrop, NGLTF, or whoever else, the point is still the same. We have got to STOP this internal "bitchfest" and backbiting by either supporting the efforts of what some are trying to do in the LGBT community, or go and do your own thing from the "botton-up" in your area, or just stand in the background if that's all you can do. But for chrissakes - stop with all the "I hate that big queen", or "ssssssssss...who does SHE think SHE is - msssss EGO?"

    24PLAY give it a rest. You are seriously played-OUT!

    Posted by: bloostater | Sep 4, 2009 3:03:56 PM

  8. Right-on Bloostater!!

    Posted by: Ed | Sep 5, 2009 11:35:29 AM

  9. Wow, thank you BLOOSTATER.

    I am working my ass off for this March and guess what? It's for US. I am not getting paid and I work all day and nite on it. I don't mind people not being for it, but, damn rest it up, Bitches. There's so many new leaders working so hard right now. I just got off the phone witha younng Transgender dude who's so on it. He's trying to raise funds for young Transgenders to get to the March from SF and he is eager that I gave him some advice from back in the day (loft parties, downtown L.A. pre-Douche) and I have the greatest confidence he will raise that money and get his friends there.

    So, hate the March. Love the March. Just try to remember there's real people working on it and all us are doing it because we really believe in what we're doing and it's sort of a mellow harsher to read such negativety from my own.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 5, 2009 9:46:02 PM

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