FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 19, 2011
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TUESDAY: Nationwide Actions Launched to Highlight Need for Full Federal Equality for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Americans
More Than a Dozen Cities to Hold Protests/Rallies to Call Out Need for Full Equal Rights on Day of Official Repeal of Military Ban
WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, Sept. 20, GetEQUAL – a national civil rights organization fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality – will mobilize organizers across the country to hold a “Day of Discontent.” In more than a dozen cities across the country, local groups will stage rallies, protests and community meetings to call attention to the need for full federal equality for LGBT Americans on the same day the long-awaited repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy takes effect.
To view the complete list of participating cities, as well as additional information on each of the actions, please visit GetEQUAL’s “Day of Discontent” map, here. The Huffington Post’s Senior National Correspondent, Andrea Stone, previewed the nationwide protests in an article today titled, “DADT Repeal Just The Start: GetEQUAL Plans Rallies, Not Parties For September 20”, noting that, “The events will take place in conservative bastions such as Jackson, Miss., Norfolk, Va., Huntsville, Texas, and Moscow, Idaho, and coincide with repeal parties held by other advocacy groups in all 50 states.”
Spanning from Norfolk, Virginia to Huntsville, Texas to Moscow, Idaho, the national “Day of Discontent” features over a dozen individual actions across the country, designed to serve as a reminder that the LGBT community is not equal in the eyes of the federal government and in most state laws. Each group will gather to urge their locally-elected officials to take the fight for full equality far beyond the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“It has taken 17 years of hard work to remove this discriminatory policy, and still our community faces discrimination and intolerance on a daily basis that this one important victory won’t fix,” says Robin McGehee, director of GetEQUAL. “Tomorrow’s collaborative effort by LGBT organizers across this nation will show lawmakers that we will not be content until we have full federal equality in all matters governed by civil law. We cannot and will not accept anything less – for ourselves, our families and our communities.”
GetEQUAL is a national direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBT community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information on GetEQUAL, please visit www.getequal.org. You can follow GetEQUAL on Twitter at www.twitter.com/getequal, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/getequal, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/getequal.