Sept. 25, 2009

LGBT champions equal rights

By Tracy Lum
Features Editor

Thousands will gather in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 10-11 to demand equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, just as Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington in 1963 to rally support for the Civil Rights Movement.

Joshua Ripple '10 is organizing a student trip to attend, cosponsored by the LGBT office and FLAG&BT (Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered). Ripple urges University students to join the movement, which he believes will likely catapult equality issues to the forefront of the political agenda.

The National Equality March is hosted by Equality Across America (EAA), an organization that fights for "equal protection in all matters governed by the civil law in all 50 states," according to the group's Web site. Freedom from discrimination and harassment, safety, equitable healthcare and immigration policies, the right to marry and the right to serve in the military are among the group's chief objectives. Activist Cleve Jones, friend of gay rights leader Harvey Milk, is one of the march's primary organizers. (read more)



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