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Numerous LGBT leaders endorse National Equality March
Organizers garner massive support as momentum builds for the event
Originally printed 9/10/2009 (Issue 1737 - Between The Lines News)
Over 150 notable leaders in, and supporters of, the LGBT community have recently endorsed the National Equality March, urging people to join them and make their way to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11, and proving to skeptics that the NEM can garner high-profile support from such key members within the community.
Leading the group is an impressive line-up of notable LGBT visionaries that represent varying ages, regions and disciplines. They include historical figures and current influencers alike, including: Diane Abbitt, Roberta Bennett, Ethan Geto, Neil Giuliano, Rick Jacobs, Cleve Jones, David Mixner, Nicole Murray-Ramirez, Ann Northup, Torie Osborn, Judy Shepard, Nadine Smith, Peter Staley, Sean Strub, Urvashi Vaid and William Waybourn.
In reaction to the growing list of notable supporters, David Mixner stated that, "Seeing such a massive outpouring of support for the National Equality March from such powerful leaders in the LGBT community is inspiring and awesome."
Endorsements from the entertainment industry include such luminaries as: Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron; Oscar-winning producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks; Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black; Emmy-winning actress Judith Light; Tony Award winners Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming and Harvey Fierstein; Tony Nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger; Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway; jazz legend Dave Koz; political humorist Kate Clinton; Chad Allen; "Mad Men's" Bryan Blat; Beth Broderick; David Drake; Scott Evans; Herb Hamsher; Lance Horne; Dan Karslake; Michael Kearns; Mark Lawson; Tim Miller; Alec Mapa; Jamie McGonnigal; Holly Near; Geoffrey Soffer; Larry Sullivan; Bruce Vilanch and Judge David Young.
Elected officials and other political leaders from across the nation have made recent endorsements for the NEM, including: U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.); Sen. State Senator Tom Duane (D-N.Y.); San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty; former U.S. Congressman Ed Feighan; Assembly Member Micah Kellner (D-N.Y.); former California Sen. Sheila Kuehl; Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell (D-N.Y.); New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn; Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe; Donald Hitchcock; Charles O'Bryne; Marsha Scott; Frank Selvaggi; Richard Socarides; Rich Tafel; Will Trinkle; Peter Yacobellis and Paul Yandura.
Endorsements from the media industry include: Air America's David Bender, and other radio personalities Blake Hayes, Lance Helms, Ace London, Michelangelo Signorile, and Tony Sweet. They also include literary figures and blog writers such as Bill Browning, Richard Burns, Robert Desiderio, Jeremy Hooper, Lane Hudson, Doug Ireland, Joe Jarvis, Jonathan Katz, Eric Marcus, Patrick Range McDonald, Bob Smith, Pam Spaulding and Andy Towle.
Legendary HIV/AIDS and other community activists endorsing the NEM include: Chip Arndt, Aaron Baldwin, Dr. Jerry Cade, Mark Ishaug, Corey Johnson, Dr. Tony Mills and Dan Montoya. Leaders of the faith community endorsing the NEM include: C. Weldon Gaddy (Interfaith Alliance); Mitchell Gold (Faith in America); MCC Church Founder Rev. Troy Perry; President of Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis and Soul Force Freedom Ride Founder, Jake Reitan; and LGBT/Labor Activist, Jon Winkleman.
Equality Across America Director Kip Williams expressed sincere appreciation for this recent group of high-profile endorsements. "I'm touched by the support of folks from all walks of life," he said. "Celebrities, elected officials, faith leader, and LGBT movers and shakers have joined the grassroots rank and file to support the National Equality March."
Equality Across America is a network of decentralized organizers in every one of the 435 Congressional districts. These organizers form Congressional District Action Teams that work within their own communities to achieve full equality for LGBT Americans and their families.
Williams went on to address the event's true mission. "We all know it's time to demand equal protection under the law," he said, "so we're taking our message to the front door of Congress this October."
The National Equality March is being organized by the EAA to show broad-based support for full equality for LGBT Americans on the doorstep of those who can make that happen: the United States Congress. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C.
For more information about EAA and the NEM, and for a full list of endorsements, visit: http://www.equalityacrossamerica.org.
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