Leave a comment and let me know if you're going to Washington, D.C. for this. Please let me know why or why not. I'd love to get an idea of who I may see there when I go...and if there are any people not supporting this, what their reasoning behind that decision is. Thanks! -Arlan
UPDATE! Read what guest blogger (and my soon to be British lover--she just doesn't know it yet) Rachel has to say about why SHE is traveling from her college in Illinois to D.C. for the march:
...It seems to me that the LGBT crowd are still so marginalised that many people don't realise just how many of them there are, just how many people are being denied their civil rights. For this reason, I think that the Washington March on October 11th is incredibly important, if only to open the eyes of the general public to the passion that is behind those simple boxes on a ballot slip. Did voters realise the hurt they caused when they checked yes? I'm not so sure. Did they realise that there are couples that are proud to be in love, and want to share it with the world, only to be told that the world doesn't want it to be shared?
This isn't even about marriage, it's about equality, it's about those 38 states that will still allow a bigot to fire you for your sexual orientation; it's about couples that want and need to be able to share healthcare but can't because their love can't be legalised.
It's about standing up and telling the world that this is not enough. It's about the right to be more than just 'tolerated', the right to be accepted. It's about people that are sick of being told that their love is dirty, that their hearts aren't pure, that their sex is something to be ashamed of. It's for everyone that is too scared to hold hands or kiss in public.
It's for all those whose deaths were not important enough to be reported in the media. It's for all those who have been a victim of a hate crime that the police did not see as a hatecrime. All those who 'asked for it', who 'provoked it', who 'should have known better' than to be themselves. This march is for all those who are sick of being a second-class citizen, or having their friends and family treated as a second-class citizen.
That is why I will be marching. Will you?
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Get all the info about the march at EqualityAcrossAmerica.orgclick