FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2017
The Equality March for Unity and Pride will happen on June 11
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Co-Chairs of The Equality March for Unity and Pride announced that more than 20 LGBTQ+ organizations from across the country have signed-on as supporters of the day’s events. Their work ranges from racial justice to LGBTQ+ liberation from communities across the movement, and include such national non-profits as the ACLU, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, the Victory Fund, PFLAG, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. These organizations will help bring together the grassroots movement to celebrate, inspire, and mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to clearly and peacefully oppose efforts to persecute and discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals in Washington, DC. for the June 11th march.
“The National Co-Chairs of the march are thrilled to have the support of so many organizations that recognize the need to center the most marginalized in our communities,” said Anika Simpson, a National Co-Chair for the March. “LGBTQ+ people have seen historic progress in the last decade, but we haven’t overcome our biggest obstacles and there’s still much more work for us to do. Far too many among us are facing increased hostile rhetoric, discriminatory policies, and increased violence. That’s why it’s our time to march.”
The Equality March aims to provide space for members of the LGBTQ+ communities, their loved ones, and those who stand in solidarity to support, uplift, and bring attention to those in the community who have been actively silenced and neglected. The National Co-Chairs have established a 15-point policy platform that articulates the unique and intersectional perspective of the event, including positions on: reproductive justice, immigration justice, international, indigenous /”Two Spirit,” youth, racial justice, income inequality, disability rights, elder rights, legislative issues, violence, biphobia, transphobia, HIV/AIDS, and religion and faith. The March also occurs on the eve of the one-year mark since the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and aims to honor the victims and uplift the resilience of the Orlando LGBTQ+ community.
In addition to the march in Washington, D.C., sister marches are planned in more than 60 cities across the country in solidarity with the march’s mission to support the ongoing struggle for rights and safety for all LGBTQ+ individuals and families with similar emphasis on queer people of color, transgender, and gender nonconforming communities.
A full list of partner organizations is below:
ACLU; Anti Violence Project; BiNet USA; Center for Global Equality; Equality Florida; Family Equality Council; GLAAD, GLAD, GLMA; Human Rights Campaign; Immigration Equality; Lambda Legal; National Black Justice Coalition; National Center for Lesbian Rights; National Center for Transgender Equality; National LGBTQ Task Force; National Minority AIDS Council; NGLCC; Out and Equal; OutServe/SLDN; PFLAG; Pride At Work; SMYAL; The Trevor Project; Victory Institute; SAGE; CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
About The Equality March for Unity and Pride:
The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals. For more information, visit www.equalitymarch2017.org.