Equality Across America, a national grassroots organization working for federal protections and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, is organizing a massive day of action on October 11, in the nation’s capital.
The Equality March on Washington will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, and be held on a day that has traditionally been observed as National Coming Out Day by the LGBT community.
“We’re marching this October to demand action from the Federal government to protect our rights in all fifty states,” Kip Williams, one of the organizers, said in a press statement for the organization. “Real equality can only come from the President, the Congress and the Supreme Court.”
Organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Human Rights Campaign are scheduled to hold seminars and talks, and there will be workshops on a variety of issues, including lobbying tactics for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the military policy that bans LGBT people from serving openly.
“The majority of Americans reject discrimination in the armed forces, it’s time for Congress and the Administration to move on this and all issues of equality for LGBT Americans,” said Lt. Dan Choi, a member of the steering committee.