Details Emerge For National Equality March

The National Equality March in Washington DC is just five weeks away and only in the last few days have some details trickled out. From an announcement posted to Facebook on Friday:

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.

About the event logo seen above, they write: “The theme of it is ‘intersectionality.’ The eight colors in ‘equality’ are the original 8 colors of the rainbow flag in honor of its creator, the late Gilbert Baker.”

I’ll be there with a group of close friends including our own Father Tony. When we get more logistical details, we can figure out a meeting place for JMG readers who want to join us. If you won’t be in DC, sister marches are reportedly being planned in about 25 cities, but details, again, seem scant at this writing.

  • Joseph Cloutier

    I’ll be there. Can’t wait. This will be historic.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Bear and I will be there. We’ve been toying for months with ideas for anti-Trump signs.

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  • FAEN

    I shall be there.

  • netxtown

    I’d love to be there, but will have to settle for and hope Dallas will have a march as well. In the mean time – I’ll be working on my ‘fuck you donnie’ signage…..

  • Joe in PA

    Dang, I’m gonna have to do some fancy footwork…but I’ll try. Too many things happening in June!

  • JoeMyGod

    Our hotel is in Dupont Circle on the regular Pride Parade route, so you might find us there too.

    • FAEN

      YAY!

  • another_steve

    My man and I were at the last queer march on Washington (can’t recall the year now — but then again I can’t recall what I had for dinner last night) and it was fabulous. The energy was very high.

    I assume next month’s march will culminate at the D.C. Pride street festival, also scheduled for that day. The festival is always great fun. Great food, drink, entertainment, organization booths.

    (And if one is lucky, it’s a typical hot and muggy June afternoon in D.C. and all the cute guys take their shirts off!)

  • Mark McGovern

    C ya there!

  • another_steve

    From the announcement:

    —————-

    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

    —————–

    Can someone please explain for me the “Pronouns” thing?

    Is this some new political correctness craze I missed?

    • Gustav2

      Yes, some persons want gender neutral pronouns like They, etc when you speak about a particular single person who requests it.

      • another_steve

        The “gender neutral” thing is in high-gear, it seems. I’m hearing more and more of “they” used as a singular pronoun.

        Whatever.

        People have a right to be named as they wish to be named.

    • band

      They’re telling you which pronouns to use to refer to each co-chair, the pronouns of their choice. Rather than choosing pronouns based on the perceived gender of the person’s name.

      • another_steve

        Comes across to me somewhat as a “boxing in” of the self. A pigeon-holing.

        Are any of us really the pronoun others use to address or describe us? I’m not, and I could not care less what pronoun is used for me.

        But as I said elsewhere in the thread, let all choose for themselves.

        • band

          I think it’s just the opposite. The default assumptions people make about our gender based on our names or our appearance are what boxes people in, the “norms” and traditions that have been formed over millennia. The listing of chosen pronouns in this announcement is both a courtesy to the people named AND a reminder to everyone else that the assumptions we make about gender (and other things) are just that, assumptions.

          • another_steve

            Hear ya, band, but why should we care what people call us? Why do we need to “enforce our preferences” in this area?

            I am not a pronoun.

            I am more, much more, than what I have between my legs.

          • band

            “I am more, much more, than what I have between my legs.”

            That’s the whole purpose of people claiming their own pronouns.

          • another_steve

            On a lighter note…

            When I was right out of university, I had a job that involved interviewing members of the public. I recall one interview in particular involving a very elderly gentleman with vision issues. I was (still am) androgynous in appearance and the fellow kept referring to me as “ma’am” during the interview. I never corrected him.

            Lol.

            I could not have cared less then, and I could not care less today. 😉

          • Friday

            Easy for you to say, …non-cis people often have a whole lot of trouble about what is or was between their legs and trying to negate who they are is a favorite nastiness of conservatives toward them.

          • another_steve

            I see a big difference between my being treated respectfully and my insisting on the enforcement of hyper-PC’ism.

            Not everyone sees a difference there, and that’s fine.

          • Friday

            (Well, you’re the one going out of your way to complain about how someone else wrote something or refers to themselves.)

          • -M-

            It’s no different than people putting ‘Dr’ in front of their name rather than expecting people who haven’t met them to just know how they prefer to be addressed.

          • McSwagg

            Using the appropriate pronouns is a matter of extending respect, much the same as properly pronouncing a person’s name (or at least making a sincere effort). If your name is “Steven Smith”, you’ve never encountered this issue of pronunciation. As someone with an unusual ethnic name that is rarely pronounced properly, I have some empathy toward people who are regularly misgendered, whether through malicious intent or unintentionally through assumptions or laziness. We all need to make the effort to extend respect to other people.

  • Bj Lincoln

    We are going! It’s going to take some planning but we should be able to go. I can’t wait to meet you all! The last National March was my first. I went alone and had never been part of something so big. I don’t have words to describe how amazing it all was.

  • John Ruff

    Woo hoo. I’ll be there! Since I live here.

    • FAEN

      Metro will be CRAZY!

      • John Ruff

        Good thing I never ride it.

  • Jerry

    I’ll be there…got a hotel on RI Ave between Logan and Scott Circles. Hadn’t seen any info about the march yet.

  • David Milley

    Going with my chorus (#PhilaGMC). See y’all there!

  • Art Davenport

    Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from around the US will be attending . . . Sister Ursula Polari, Atlanta, GA, Abbey of the Flaming Sugarbakers

  • PeteLI

    I will be there. Train and hotel booked.

  • Grant

    My husband and I are going and taking our eldest niece who’s never been to a march. Very excited!

  • This Big Every Day!

    I wish this didn’t compete with Detroit’s Pride weekend. We would have gone to Washington instead. It would have been a more effective march on Washington if everyone could attend.

    • Roy Biv

      Agree.

      I actually find it highly irritating many big city Prides are all in June and not spread out over the summer even early fall.

      It’d give me a chance to do a lot more gay roadtrips!

  • Brendan Denehy

    We had planned to go but couldn’t find any information about it after the January announcement. We’ll have to see if we can pull things together. Wish it wasn’t on Boston Pride weekend.

  • AJayne

    Can’t afford a trip to DC – will contact The Center in Vegas to see if a march will happen here that day! (And if none is planned, will encourage it.)

    • McSwagg

      Same here, except I’m in Houston. Houston Pride is in late June with a day-time Festival and a night-time Parade (due to the heat and humidity). I’m assuming a local Equality Event will be part of the many events usually leading up to Pride Day.

  • CraigNJ

    My husband and I are also going and we hope to meet up with my lesbian niece there.

  • dogdadny

    Book now. I just got an Express deal on price line. You only know the price and general vicinity until you book. For $82 for 3 ⭐️ How bad could it be? I got lucky Courtyard – 1900 Conn NW for Fri/Sat/Sun night!

  • Sean

    Over 250 thousand people showed up to the 2009 National Equality March on D.C. (I was one of them) & there was barely no promotion for it. Lets make this one bigger.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2gHpXyoHGs&list=PL7E0C8B1F22514E86&index=8

  • Stevie Gsus

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