National Equality March Site Goes Live

The website for the National Equality March went live last night with a listing of nearly 40 sister marches. They write:

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 landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Progress has been made over the past decade in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ inclusion, access, and justice, but there’s still so much more to be done – especially since the progress we’ve achieved is currently being threatened by increased hostile rhetoric, discriminatory policies, and violence perpetrated against the most vulnerable in our communities.

We will use the Equality March, and sister events across the country, to give voice to our concerns, and to support, uplift, and bring attention to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and disability.

We affirm and celebrate that we are a mix of diverse communities. Lack of unity has caused many of our needs to be neglected or ignored. But now, for 2017 and beyond, we are working to learn from our prior mistakes and come together through common belief in inalienable human rights and dignity for all.

  • Blake Mason

    Look out for 45’s Pride Month declaration…

    Not.

    You think Pres. Obama will acknowledge pride now that he is out of office?

    • Tawreos

      The way Trump is going he will proclaim it National Religious Freedom month and authorize christians to break up gatherings they see as sinful.

    • colo303

      He’ll make a proclamation…telling us how tremendously he supports us.

  • i’m sure i’ll get in trouble for asking, but what does the plus sign stand for?

    • Tawreos

      plus anyone that doesn’t fit into the alphabet soup that precedes it, like allies and such.

      • ok.

        it just seems to me we should pick something and stick with it. i use “LGBT” myself, and the word “queer” when i want to use a single word to describe our community.

        • Tawreos

          I pretty much do the same. I say, if it works for you go ahead and do what works.

    • bsinps

      LGBTQQIAAP

    • The_Wretched

      I’m leery of plus signs.

    • Kevin Perez

      ..and the intellectually curious.

  • Mark McGovern

    So what is the deal with registering for the June march in DC? We have concerns about crossing the border; some Canadian women were prevented from crossing for the women’s march. Who has access to the registration list? Will it be a searchable database open to public scrutiny, or scrutiny by border guards?

    Anyone know the answers to these questions?

    • another_steve

      Only a guess, but the “registering” thing may be intended to get number count estimates — AND email addresses.

    • McSwagg

      Perhaps you could register under an “alternate name” to give organizers a head count while still protecting your privacy and minimizing border crossing issues. Use a “throw-away” email address linked to your “alternate name”.

      • Mark McGovern

        Sounds like a plan.

        • McSwagg

          I looked at their registration page. Only name (first, last) and email are required. They ask for an address and phone number, but they’re not required. I was afraid they would require a credit card, but they don’t. So, it seems you can certainly register and attend incognito.

    • Jerry

      I just registered…the ticket is free, and is through EventBrite, a company used for many concerts, etc. (Previous tickets to shows in Orlando, Provincetown, and even DNC receptions last year in Philly were through this company). So I don’t think a list would be open to anyone other than the event organizers.
      As to the border, I would tell them I was going to tour the Smithsonian or any other tourist attraction, not that you were going to a march.

  • vorpal 😼

    Great on mobilizing to march for equality.
    Now if only we could mobilize people to get out and vote instead of just demonstrating reactively.

    We’re going to need it desperately after this car crash election cycle.

    • FAEN

      I agree. I wish Dems would vote in every election. Just vote! Instead we seem to bother only for POTUS when we should be voting on everything from school board all the way up.

      • vorpal 😼

        Part of me wishes we had a system like Australia, where voting is required by law. I’m pretty sure you can show up and just submit a blank ballot if you choose to abstain from supporting any candidate or measure, but you are legally obligated to show up.

        • ChrisMorley

          I’d start by making sure everyone has a vote.

          How to Create the Best Automatic Voter Registration System
          http://www.demos.org/blog/4/28/16/how-create-best-automatic-voter-registration-system

          Secondly, make sure all votes count equally, by eliminating gerrymandering. The UK gives the job of redistricting to an impartial Independent Electoral Commission.

          Then you could see if you still need to compel people to go to polling places.

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  • andrew

    Hopefully everyone who believes in the “inalienable human rights and dignity for all” and are able to travel to D.C. on June 11th will do so. Those who can’t get to D.C. should attend supporting events in their local communities. We do need to make a forceful statement in these troubled times.

    • McSwagg

      There seems to be a painful sparsity of local events. That’s a bit bothersome to me, indicating this is a “top down” organization rather than a “grass roots” movement. It smells like a tone deaf HRC event to me.

  • Ray Muñez

    Just my opinion, but something is not right about this. Planning and publicity for a national march typically begin 1-2 years before the actual event. You would expect to see various coordinating committees or contact people spring up in different regions and cities. I had never even heard about this until recently and their website is just going live now, a month before the march. Their twitter was started in January, but they have only tweeted 53 times, most of which are retweets, and they only have 1300 followers. By this point, the website should be loaded with information about transportation, lodging, march routes, speakers, etc. There is nothing on lodging and nothing on speakers. On transportation, they have a few lines discussing an app, but no info about airlines, bus companies, discounts, etc. The FAQ says that the starting point and the route of the march are still being “worked out.” There isn’t even a telephone number where you can reach them. Hopefully, this isn’t another Fyre Fest.

    • This Big Every Day!

      Months ago I told them that Detroit and other cities were having parades exactly the same time. They told me to stay in Detroit! I think this should have been planned for maximum impact and the splintering among cities will make us look less powerful.

      • clay

        It’s not about looking powerful; impact will not be measured by TV coverage. It’s about developing local, regional, and national ties. It’s through those ties (and the motivation encouraged by marching together) that we will actually be powerful.

      • Ray Muñez

        Very true. If you want a perfect example of how a poorly-run “national march”can turn into a counter-productive disaster, just google NOM’s “March for Marriage” which drew about 1,000 people and made them a laughingstock. It ended up putting their weakness on display for the world to see. And NOM’s logistical planning seems more advanced than the group putting on this June march.

    • clay

      All that means that this will likely be as visible, as seminal, and as grounded as the Women’s March, the Science March, and the Climate Change March. Trump and the GOP aren’t giving any of us 1-2 years. And we’ll all have to practice some organizing ourselves.

      • Ray Muñez

        I’m pretty sure that by December 20, there was a cell phone number you could call to reach someone at the Women’s March.

        • clay

          So, five weeks in advance, about the same as this.

          • Ray Muñez

            No, these folks have no cell phone number. No physical address. No local contacts. No media contact. And their “national co-chairs” were only announced last week, again with no contact info provided. That’s not where the Women’s March was.

            Just on a lark, I decided to poke around a little online to see if there was evidence of other activity going on. The National LGBTQ Task Force, for example, should be promoting the hell of of this. This march is right in their neighborhood and, because it is heavily intersectional and social justice-oriented, the march is right up their alley. So I checked the TF’s twitter for the last few weeks to see what they have been saying and doing. They tweeted 3 times about the March for Science, but not even once about the Equality march. I also looked up 3 of the “National co-chairs” to see what they have been saying or doing. (I don’t have time to run them all down, so I picked 3 with less common names that are easily searchable.) I couldn’t find any activity from them, not even on their own social media. One month out, the Women’s March organizers had an army of volunteers working around the clock and huge media buzz. The “Equality March” folks, not so much.

  • This Big Every Day!

    I do wish that the effort wasn’t splintered – it would be more powerful on a day when everyone could make it to Wash DC.

    • another_steve

      June 11 is (as I understand it) still the scheduled day for the local DC Pride street festival that takes place near the US Capitol Building every year. It’s always a large event — thousands of people.

      If people from all over the US came to Wash DC for the equality march on that day, I can’t imagine how the festival could accommodate that many hundreds of thousands of people.

      I may be missing something — so if anyone has more info/insights on this, please share.

      • clay

        DC’s festival will be Saturday. Protest March will be Sunday.

      • Chuck in NYC

        Here is what I have heard. Inspired by the lady in Hawaii who started the ball rolling on Facebook for the Women’s March, a guy in Brooklyn saw that D.C. Pride this year is June 11th and he created his own Facebook page declaring that there should be a national march in Washington on that day.

        Almost immediately people finding that page commented how that was a fantastic idea and some even said they were making reservations to go RIGHT NOW.

        This was before anyone with D.C. Pride had been contacted or consulted. It drew the attention of people not only in D.C. but with InterPride. InterPride officers tried to put some brakes on and do just what was suggested elsewhere here — plan something further in advance that could be coordinated among various Pride organizations, not conflict with other Prides on that same date, do appropriate fundraising, etc. There were conference calls. No one could convince this man that it might be better in, say, October when the weather is cooler than a hot June date; that it was forcing something on D.C. Pride they did not seek out themselves. The quote I heard from the guy in Brooklyn was “The people have spoken” and he would not say on the Facebook wall, “Hey, maybe we should back up and reconsider after I’ve heard from Pride officials.”

        Meanwhile, InterPride has been working within its ranks to make the best of it so it’s morphed into what you now see. I do not know who created the website.

        I cannot imagine the additional costs D.C. Pride and attendees will have to share for whatever stage/sound system/other amenities are going to be necessary for this arguably impulsive event. I’m going and I’m prepared to toss money in buckets like we did at a march a couple of decades ago. I just hope this doesn’t lose a bundle like that same march a couple of decades ago. I’ll be curious to hear what this guy who launched the Facebook page has done to raise money himself.

        Life in the social media age…

        • another_steve

          Thanks for that background, Chuck. Much appreciated.

          If in fact D.C. Pride holds its annual street festival on the 11th (as their web site still shows, should be interesting to see how it works out in conjunction with the march.

  • cheakamus

    It appears Seattle has two competing marches — what’s up with that?

    • McSwagg

      Houston has 2 or 3 (depending on the year) competing MLK Day parades because of splintering infighting in the community. I suspect that’s what’s happening in the Seattle LGBT community.

  • Nychta

    No march in Phoenix? No march in Tucson? (Considerably more liberal than Phx.) Then I remembered we’ll have daytime temps of 105 by June 11. There’s a reason we celebrate Pride in April.

    • McSwagg

      In Houston it’s 95/95 (temp/humidity) which translates to a heat index of 100 to 110. That’s why we parade at night.

      • Nychta

        Parading at night makes sense. I don’t think it’s caught on here yet.

        • McSwagg

          It’s pretty cool. All the floats incorporate a generator to power the lights and of course the marchers usually have glow sticks or something similar. For years, the end of the parade route was marked by a giant lit disco ball hanging over the intersection.

  • Kevin Perez

    I got myself booked into the Marriott Marquis. I know, Marriott. But they seem to own all the hotels in DC not named Trump.

  • Tom000

    Did a little digging and none of the other groups listed as associated with this group listed them anywhere on their own websites. Just sayin’.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I just registered the wife, son and myself. Nothing in Baltimore so far but then it’s not that far from DC.

  • infmom

    A march in Wichita but not in Los Angeles?

    I lived in Wichita when the city passed a civil rights ordinance that included sexual orientation and set off an absolute firestorm of hatred. The church that sponsored “Concerned Citizens for Community Standards” was only a couple blocks from our house.

    It was a horrible time. Some of my gay friends, even the closeted ones, moved to get away from the all pervasive hate.

    I am happy to see that Wichita has come this far. But WTF, Los Angeles? All burned out on marches?

    • colo303

      Which is precisely why they need a march in Wichita and not LA.

      • infmom

        True, but there are still bigots in LA too.