FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2017
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
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.