EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRIDE ANNOUNCES RALLY AND SPEAKERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2017
Contact: press@equalitymarch2017.org

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, the Equality March for Unity and Pride, a grassroots movement to center the most marginalized in the LGBTQ+ communities, announced it will hold a rally at the conclusion of the march on the National Mall. During the rally, a diverse group of LGBTQ+ individuals will speak on the march’s various platform issues, from racial justice and liberation for transgender individuals to youth empowerment and reproductive justice. Speakers participating in the rally include:

Speaking:

  • Sara Ramirez, actor, singer and activist
  • Asia Kate Dillon, actor
  • Mandy Carter, Co-Founder of the National Black Justice Coalition
  • Dr. Imani Woody, Founding Director and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults
  • Aurora Lloyd, True Colors Fund Youth Fellow
  • Doug Kimmel, Founder of SAGE
  • Sarah McBride, Human Rights Campaign National Press Secretary
  • Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & AIDS Project
  • Charlie Carver, actor
  • Jason Collins, NBA player, activist, NBA Global Ambassador
  • Noel Gordon, HRC Senior Specialist, HIV Prevention & Health Equity
  • Nicole Murray Ramirez, National Co-Chair, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico
  • Javier Cifuentes, HRC Youth Ambassador

More speakers will be announced shortly.

“The Equality March and sister events across the country, will give voice to our concerns, and support, uplift, and bring attention to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and disability,” said David Bruinooge, Founder of the Equality March for Unity & Pride. “Each speaker, in their own way, will address how progress has been made over the past decade in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ inclusion, access, and justice, and what work remains to be done.  It’s our time to march and fight to affirm and protect our rights, our safety, and our full humanity. Join us!”

The March will occur on the eve of the one-year mark since the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and aims to honor the victims and uplift the resilience of the Orlando LGBTQ+ community during the march and rally. Additionally, the Sacred Cloth project-Section 93 will be leading the march with their Rainbow25 Sea to Sea flag and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will join with members of other GALA choruses from around the country to form a festival chorus titled L.O.V.E.-League of Voices for Equality.

Sister marches are planned in more than 60 cities across the country in solidarity with the march’s mission to support the ongoing struggle for rights and safety for all LGBTQ+ individuals and families with similar emphasis on queer people of color, transgender, and gender nonconforming communities.

The starting location for the march will be on I (Eye) Street between 17th and 14th Street NW. Beginning at 10:00am ET, marchers will walk south on 17th Street, east onto Pennsylvania Ave, south on to 15th Street, east on Constitution Ave, ending at 7th Street onto the National Mall.

The rally will begin around 12:00pm and be held near the intersection of 3rd Street and Madison Drive NW.

Equality March Route

MEDIA LOGISTICS

Press is invited to cover the kick-off, duration, and end of the march. Press is also invited to cover the rally.

Press interested in covering the march should come to the media tent located in Farragut Square (17th and K St NW) at 9:15 AM to pick up press credentials. At approximately 9:45 AM, press will be escorted to the front of the march, which is at the intersection of 17th and Eye Street NW, to be in place when it begins. After the march kicks off, press is welcome to walk among the crowd and cover different portions of the march.

Press interested in covering the rally should come to the media tent at 3rd and Madison Drive NW at 11:30 AM to pick up credentials. Select speakers will be brought to the media tent for interviews and press interested in recording the speaking program will be allowed in the “buffer zone” right in front of the stage.

Press is strongly encouraged to RSVP for credentials by emailing press@equalitymarch2017.org.

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About The Equality March for Unity and Pride

The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals. For more information, visit www.equalitymarch2017.org.

EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRIDE LAUNCHES QUEER RESISTANCE BOOTCAMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 5, 2017
Contact: press@equalitymarch2017.org

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, the National Co-Chairs of the Equality March for Unity and Pride launched its Queer Resistance Bootcamp, an afternoon of grassroots trainings to arm attendees with the tools and skills for community organizing and resistance needed to keep their activism going long after the march. The purpose of the Bootcamp is to offer local DC advocates, and those that travel to DC for the march, an opportunity to get practical education about the LGBTQ+ movement, tools to resist backward policies, skills to push our progress forward, and opportunities to connect local and national allies. The Queer Resistance Bootcamp will be led by a group of local DC LGBTQ+ organizers the afternoon of June 11th.

“From the beginning, the Equality March for Unity and Pride has engaged local community organizers,” said local LGBTQ+ community organizer Khadijah Tribble “Now, after months of planning with the most diverse group of LGBTQ+ activists I’ve ever seen, we’re ecstatic to engage on our issues during, and long after the march. With this Bootcamp, attendees will receive evidence-based information from seasoned, successful activists to organize their communities to win full equality.”

  • WHO: Local organizers and allies of the LGBTQ+ communities
  • WHAT: Queer Resistance Bootcamp
  • WHEN: Sunday June 11, 2017. Session 1 is 12 pm – 1 pm. Session 2 is 3 pm – 5 pm.
  • WHERE: 755 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

RSVP and CONTACT INFORMATION

RSVP online at https://www.facebook.com/events/1961937900709890

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About The Equality March for Unity and Pride:

The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals. For more information, visit www.equalitymarch2017.org.

Equality March for Unity and Pride Announces National Co-Chairs

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2017
Contact: Jose L. Plaza, plaza.jl@gmail.com, phone: 619-341-9181

*Spanish version below

The rally and march this June in Washington, DC will feature voices usually excluded from movement leadership, including queer people of color, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals.

(Washington, DC) The Equality March for Unity and Pride named a diverse group of leaders with years of advocacy and community mobilization in LGBTQ+ liberation movements across the country and the world as 12 of its national co-chairs.  The co-chairs will be responsible for guiding the ongoing development of the march, which will take place on June 11 in Washington, DC.

“This is the most diverse national executive committee of any of the past five LGBTQ+ marches in Washington” said San Diego City Commissioner and National Co-Chair Nicole Murray Ramirez, who has served on the national organizing committees of all five past Marches in Washington. “From queer youth, Two-Spirit members, Transgender, Black Lives Matter activists, Undocumented, Immigrant, to HRC, AmFar, and various organizations. The Equality March and the rally stage will indeed truly represent the changing faces of the U.S. and of our LGBTQ+ movement.”

Inspired by the queer liberation movement’s history of diverse, inclusive, and politically resonant public demonstrations, the Equality March for Unity and Pride will elevate and mobilize LGBTQ+ communities by highlighting those who, historically, have been actively silenced and neglected in the fight for full liberation, so that we may find unity and strength through diversity. The march is centered on the principle that in order to heal from the decades of neglect and erasure of marginalized people in the community, we must center transgender and gender expansive communities, and people of color.  The co-chairs demand the inclusion of those left behind by social justice movements, including Black, Latinx, Bisexual, and differently-abled individuals.  The co-chairs firmly believe that the community finds strength in diversity, and that the current political and social movement demands not just solidarity, but work towards intentional equity, representation, and protection of the most vulnerable.

Equality March planners are working in coordination with the National Parks Service. Further details on the logistics of the march will be released in the coming weeks.

Sister marches are planned in more than 25 cities across the country for June 11 in solidarity with the March’s mission to support the ongoing struggle for rights and safety for all LGBTQ+ individuals and families with similar emphasis on queer people of color,transgender, and gender nonconforming communities.

“As a cis gay white male of privilege, I recognize that for far too long certain members of LGBTQ+ Communities have been underserved both here in the United States and abroad,” said national co-chair David Bruinooge. “They need to finally be given the same equity, equality, visibility, protection, access, liberties, justice, and inclusion as the most privileged among us in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ liberation. This movement is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ communities to move forward together in solidarity and ensure together that all all our voices will not be silenced by those who want to roll back previous progress or impede necessary future change.”

“Transgender people are at the front lines of every movement from immigration and reproductive justice to the fight for Black Lives Matter yet our realities and experiences need to be centered and our voices amplified,” said Catalina Velasquez, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at Casa Ruby,President of Consult Catalina, and Board Vice-Chair of Our Revolution. She is the first undocumented transgender woman appointed Commissioner of the DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs, and a national co-chair of the March.  “Sexual and Gender liberation are key in our resistance to the current anti-immigrant and anti-transgender  administration and the ongoing slaughter of transgender people of color. I am part of this march so the T in LGBTQ+ is not a footnote or a lost addendum in an everyday larger acronym. I march because there are 11.2 million undocumented immigrants of which hundreds of thousands are LGBTQ+ facing persecution, detention, and deportation to a death sentence, yet we see little to no public outcry. I march because pride is an act of resistance in a world where over 80 countries criminalize people based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.”

Our national Co-Chairs include:

  1. Anika Simpson, Ph.D., Founder, Beyond Policy LLC | Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy at Morgan State University | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
  2. Ashley Smith, The Capital Pride Alliance | Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Board Member | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  3. Catalina Velasquez, Consult Catalina President | Casa Ruby Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications | Washington DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs Commissioner | Our Revolution Board Vice Chair | GetEqual Board Co-Chair |  Megaphone Strategies​ Board Member | Inclusv Board Member | Trans United Fund Board Member |  United We DREAM’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) Advisory Council | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers, Trans Goddess.
  4. David Bruinooge, Founder: The Equality March for Unity & Pride | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  5. Elle Hearns, Executive Director of The Marsha P Johnson Institute | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
  6. José L. Plaza, President, Latino GLBT History Project | Chair, DC Latino Pride | Executive Board Member, DC New Leaders Council | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  7. Lydia X. Z. Brown, Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council | At-large board member of the Autism Women’s Network | Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
  8. Lynnette McFadzen, President, BiNet USA  | Producer, The BiCast | Core Organizer | The Bi Brigade | Pronouns: They/Them She/Hers
  9. Nicole Murray Ramirez, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico | Harvey Milk Foundation | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  10. Sean Coleman, Executive Director, Destination Tomorrow | Board Member, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  11. Sue Doster, Co-President, InterPride | Strategic Planning Director, NYCPride |  Pronouns: She/her/hers
  12. Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez,  The International Indigenous Youth Council | Standing Rock Activist | Two-Spirit & Indigenous Activist | Pronouns: He, Him, His

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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA 26 de abril de 2017

CONTACTO:
Jose L. Plaza, plaza.jl@gmail.com
TELÉFONO: 619-341-9181

LA MARCHA POR LA IGUALDAD, LA UNIDAD, Y EL ORGULLO ANUNCIA COPRESIDENTES

El mitin y la marcha de este mes de junio en Washington, DC contarán con voces generalmente excluidas del liderazgo de movimientos sociales, incluyendo personas de color, transgénero y personas de todas genero no declarado.

(WASHINGTON DC) La Marcha por la Igualdad por la Unidad y el Orgullo nombró a un grupo diverso de líderes con años de apoyo y movilización de la comunidad en movimientos de liberación LGBTQ+ en todo el país y el mundo como 12 de sus copresidentes nacionales. Los copresidentes serán los encargados de guiar el desarrollo continuo de la marcha, que tendrá lugar el 11 de junio en Washington, DC.

“Este es el comité ejecutivo nacional más diverso de cualquiera de las últimas cinco marchas LGBTQ+ en Washington”, dijo la Comisionada de la Ciudad de San Diego y el Copresidente Nacional Nicole Murray Ramírez, que ha servido en los comités organizadores nacionales de las cinco Marchas en Washington. “De jóvenes queer, miembros de dos espíritus, transexuales, activistas de Black Lives Matter, indocumentados, inmigrantes, HRC, AmFar y varias organizaciones. La Marcha de la Igualdad y el mitin representarán verdaderamente la diversidad de los Estados Unidos y de nuestro movimiento LGBTQ+ “.

La Marcha de la Igualdad por la Unidad y el Orgullo, inspirada por la historia del movimiento de liberación LGBTQ+, de manifestaciones políticamente resonantes, elevará y movilizará a las comunidades LGBTQ + destacando a aquellos que históricamente han sido activamente silenciados y desechados en la lucha por la liberación total, para que podamos encontrar unidad y fuerza a través de la diversidad. La marcha se centra en el principio de que, para corregir las décadas de abandono de las personas marginadas en la comunidad, debemos centrar las comunidades transgénero y las personas de color. Los copresidentes creen firmemente que la comunidad encuentra fortaleza en la diversidad y que el actual momento político y social exige no sólo la solidaridad, sino que trabajar hacia la equidad intencional, la representación y la protección de los más vulnerables.

Los organizadores de la marcha están trabajando en coordinación con el Servicio de Parques Nacionales. Más detalles sobre la logística de la marcha se dará a conocer en las próximas semanas.

Se organizarán marchas en más de 25 ciudades de todo el país para el 11 de junio en solidaridad con la misión de apoyar la lucha por los derechos y la seguridad para todos los individuos y familias LGBTQ+ con énfasis similar en personas homosexuales de color, transgénero y con género no declarado.

“Las personas transgénero están al frente de cada movimiento sea de inmigración y justicia reproductiva o la lucha por Black Lives Matter, sin embargo, nuestras realidades y experiencias necesitan ser centradas y nuestras voces amplificadas” dijo Catalina Velasquez Directora de Alianzas Estratégicas y Comunicaciones en Casa Ruby, Presidenta de Consult Catalina, la primera mujer transgénero indocumentada nombrada Comisionada de la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos de la Alcaldesa de DC, Vicepresidenta de la mesa directiva de Our Revolution y Copresidenta Nacional. “La liberación sexual y de género es clave en nuestra resistencia a la actual administración anti-inmigrante y anti-transgénero y la continua matanza de personas transgénero de color. Yo soy parte de esta marcha por lo que la T en LGBTQ+ no es solo una letra o un addendum perdido en un acrónimo cada día más grande. Marcho porque hay 11,2 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados de los cuales cientos de miles son LGBTQ+ enfrentándose a persecución, detención y deportación a una sentencia de muerte. Yo marcho porque el orgullo es un acto de resistencia en un mundo donde más de 80 países criminalizan a las personas basadas en la orientación sexual y/o identidad de género.”

Presidente del Proyecto de Historia Latina LGBTQ+ y  Copresidente Nacional José L. Plaza, dijo “Marchó como recordatorio de que este movimiento fue iniciado por gente de color en Stonewall. Marcho porque esos que se rebelaron estaban luchando por sus vidas y ahora décadas más tarde, en medio de un clima en el que se están asesinando personas trans de color en nuestras calles, donde nos están matando nuestros jóvenes negros y Latinos, donde nuestra lucha por la igualdad y la equidad está en peligro bajo una administración que no valora la diversidad ni protege a los más vulnerables, ahora también luchamos por nuestras vidas y por esos marginados por políticas discriminatorias. Marcho porque las vidas de nuestros hermanos y hermanas negras importan, porque las familias de inmigrantes deben permanecer juntas, porque el amor es amor y es ciego a la raza, género, religión o riqueza. Marcho porque merecemos mejor y dentro de cincuenta años no quiero que mis hijos todavía están marchando por derechos humanos.”

Nuestros Copresidentes Nacionales representan un grupo de líderes en todos los ámbitos de la vida con una historia de abogacía a través de una amplia gama de temas:

  1. Anika Simpson, Ph.D., Founder, Beyond Policy LLC | Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy at Morgan State University | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
  2. Ashley Smith, The Capital Pride Alliance | Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Board Member | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  3. Catalina Velasquez, Consult Catalina President | Casa Ruby Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications | Washington DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs Commissioner | Our Revolution Board Vice Chair | GetEqual Board Co-Chair |  Megaphone Strategies​ Board Member | Inclusv Board Member | Trans United Fund Board Member |  United We DREAM’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) Advisory Council | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers, Trans Goddess.
  4. David Bruinooge, Founder: The Equality March for Unity & Pride | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  5. Elle Hearns, Executive Director of The Marsha P Johnson Institute | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
  6. José L. Plaza, President, Latino GLBT History Project | Chair, DC Latino Pride | Executive Board Member, DC New Leaders Council | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  7. Lydia X. Z. Brown, Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council | At-large board member of the Autism Women’s Network | Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
  8. Lynnette McFadzen, President, BiNet USA  | Producer, The BiCast | Core Organizer | The Bi Brigade | Pronouns: They/Them She/Hers
  9. Nicole Murray Ramirez, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico | Harvey Milk Foundation | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  10. Sean Coleman, Executive Director, Destination Tomorrow | Board Member, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  11. Sue Doster, Co-President, InterPride | Strategic Planning Director, NYCPride |  Pronouns: She/her/hers
  12. Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez,  The International Indigenous Youth Council | Standing Rock Activist | Two-Spirit & Indigenous Activist | Pronouns: He, Him, His

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EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRIDE RELEASES MAP OF ROUTE, ASKS ATTENDEES TO REGISTER AND DONATE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: press@equalitymarch2017.org

The grassroots effort is set to march on Washington, D.C. June 11

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Equality March for Unity and Pride, a grassroots movement to center the most marginalized in the LGBTQ+ communities, released the map and route details for its June 11th march. The starting location will be on I (Eye) Street between 17th and 14th Street NW. Beginning at 10:00am ET, marchers will walk south on 17th Street, east onto Pennsylvania Ave, south on to 15th Street, east on Constitution Ave, ending at 7th Street onto the National Mall. See map below and attached.

March Map Route

With the Equality March for Unity and Pride less than three weeks away, the National Co-Chairs are also calling on members of the LGBTQ+ communities, their loved ones, and all those who stand in solidarity to register and help contribute funds for the march.

“In order to have a truly impactful March and get our mission heard, we need the help of everyone to make sure this march is successful,” said David Bruinooge, March Founder and National Co-Chair. “We’re asking that you take a moment to go to our website and make a contribution. This march is to give voice to our concerns, to support and bring attention to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and disability. It’s our time to march and we can only do it with your help.” http://www.equalitymarch2017.org/

“Volunteers also are needed for a variety of tasks but most importantly we need help the day of to ensure that all of our community members can participate as safely and positively as possible. If you’re interested in joining us, visit our website at http://www.equalitymarch2017.org/volunteer/ to sign up.”

 

About The Equality March for Unity and Pride:

The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals. For more information, visit www.equalitymarch2017.org

“Resource Impact is the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the Equality March for Unity & Pride”

https://www.resourceimpactdc.org/

MORE THAN 20 LGBTQ+ ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SIGN-ON TO SUPPORT THE EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRIDE IN WASHINGTON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2017
Contact: press@equalitymarch2017.org

The Equality March for Unity and Pride will happen on June 11

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Co-Chairs of The Equality March for Unity and Pride announced that more than 20 LGBTQ+ organizations from across the country have signed-on as supporters of the day’s events. Their work ranges from racial justice to LGBTQ+ liberation from communities across the movement, and include such national non-profits as the ACLU, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, the Victory Fund, PFLAG, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. These organizations will help bring together the grassroots movement to celebrate, inspire, and mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to clearly and peacefully oppose efforts to persecute and discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals in Washington, DC. for the June 11th march.

“The National Co-Chairs of the march are thrilled to have the support of so many organizations that recognize the need to center the most marginalized in our communities,” said Anika Simpson, a National Co-Chair for the March. “LGBTQ+ people have seen historic progress in the last decade, but we haven’t overcome our biggest obstacles and there’s still much more work for us to do. Far too many among us are facing increased hostile rhetoric, discriminatory policies, and increased violence. That’s why it’s our time to march.”

The Equality March aims to provide space for members of the LGBTQ+ communities, their loved ones, and those who stand in solidarity to support, uplift, and bring attention to those in the community who have been actively silenced and neglected. The National Co-Chairs have established a 15-point policy platform that articulates the unique and intersectional perspective of the event, including positions on: reproductive justice, immigration justice, international, indigenous /”Two Spirit,” youth, racial justice, income inequality, disability rights, elder rights, legislative issues, violence, biphobia, transphobia, HIV/AIDS, and religion and faith. The March also occurs on the eve of the one-year mark since the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and aims to honor the victims and uplift the resilience of the Orlando LGBTQ+ community.

In addition to the march in Washington, D.C., sister marches are planned in more than 60 cities across the country in solidarity with the march’s mission to support the ongoing struggle for rights and safety for all LGBTQ+ individuals and families with similar emphasis on queer people of color, transgender, and gender nonconforming communities.

A full list of partner organizations is below:

ACLU; Anti Violence Project; BiNet USA; Center for Global Equality; Equality Florida; Family Equality Council; GLAAD, GLAD, GLMA; Human Rights Campaign; Immigration Equality; Lambda Legal; National Black Justice Coalition; National Center for Lesbian Rights; National Center for Transgender Equality; National LGBTQ Task Force; National Minority AIDS Council; NGLCC; Out and Equal; OutServe/SLDN; PFLAG; Pride At Work; SMYAL; The Trevor Project; Victory Institute; SAGE; CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers 

About The Equality March for Unity and Pride:

The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals. For more information, visit www.equalitymarch2017.org.

TRAILBLAZING LGBTQ+ MOVEMENT LEADERS JOIN PLANNING EFFORTS FOR THE EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRIDE IN WASHINGTON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2017
Contact: press@equalitymarch2017.org

The Equality March for Unity and Pride will happen on June 11

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, the National Co-Chairs of The Equality March for Unity and Pride announced the addition of several LGBTQ+ movement trailblazers who will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs and advisors in the planning and shaping of the June 11 march in Washington, D.C. The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals.

The Honorary Co-Chairs will bring their diversity and inspiring histories of advocacy in the LGBTQ+ liberation movements to bear to elevate the voices of the most underserved within the LGBTQ+ communities. Their experience and wisdom will also help guide more than 60 sister marches in cities across the country, on the same day, in solidarity with the March’s mission to support the ongoing struggle for rights and safety for all LGBTQ+ individuals and families, with similar emphasis on queer people of color, transgender, and gender nonconforming communities.

“I’m supporting the Equality March because we have reached the point where the LGBTQ community has to come together to show solidarity in our fight to protect the rights we have gained,” said Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO of the Center for Black Equity, Inc. “In addition, there are still members of our diverse communities who are still being marginalized as they attempt to live their lives authentically and we must march for them. I am honored to be selected as an honorary co-chair for this historic event.”

The current list of Honorary Co-Chairs is listed below with additional ones expected to be announced in the coming days:

  • Eric Alva, Civil Rights Activist
  • Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senator
  • Kylar Broadus, Executive Director, Trans People of Color Coalition
  • Jason Collins, NBA player, Activist, NBA Global Ambassador
  • The Honorable Tony Coelho, Former Member of Congress, Disability Rights Advocate, Principal author of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Ruby Corado, Founder, Casa Ruby
  • Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO, Center for Black Equity, Inc.
  • Ted Jackson, Disability and LGBTQ+ Advocate and former Director of Disability Community Engagment, DNC
  • Andrea Jenkins, Poet and Activist
  • Cleve Jones, Human Rights Activist, Author
  • ABilly S. Jones-Hennin, Founder, DC Coalition
  • David Mixner, Civil Rights Activist, Author
  • Jim Obergefell, Named Plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges
  • Rev. Troy Perry, Founder, Metropolitan Community Church
  • Sara Ramirez, Actress, Singer and Activist
  • Nadine Smith, Co-Founder and CEO, Equality Florida
  • Patrick Smith, International Mr. Leather 2015
  • Dr. Imani Woody, Founding Director and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults

March Platform:

The National Co-Chairs have decided on the official platform for the March. The 15 platform points are as follows: Reproductive Justice, Immigration Justice, International, Indigenous / Two Spirit, Youth, Racial justice, Income Inequality, Disabilities Rights, Elder Rights, Legislative Issues, Violence, Biphobia, Transphobia, HIV/AIDS, Religion/Faith.

 

About The Equality March for Unity and Pride:

The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals. For more information, visit www.equalitymarch2017.org.