As lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals continue to face glaring discrimination while being denied many rights, the Obama Administration has done almost nothing. LGBT activists have taken matters into their own hands, calling a National Equality March on Sunday, October 11 in Washington, D.C.
This demonstration will coincide with National Coming Out Day, and is 30 years after the first National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights in 1979.
The march has one simple demand: Full equality under the law for all LGBT people in all 50 states.
Some say now is not the time to march; Obamas got a lot on his plate, and we have to give him time. But like every other progressive achievement, LGBT equality will not come about because of the benevolence of politicians but will require massive mobilization and determined struggle from below.
With unprecedented levels of support for LGBT rights, continued outrage over right-wing attacks like Prop 8 in California, and a growing impatience with the Democrats half-measures, now is the time to make our voices heard.
So come out for the National Equality March in D.C., or help organize a local October 11 event in your area.
End discrimination! Civil rights are human rights! Full LGBT equality now!