Equality March for Unity and Pride Announces National Co-Chairs

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2017
Contact: Jose L. Plaza, plaza.jl@gmail.com, phone: 619-341-9181

*Spanish version below

The rally and march this June in Washington, DC will feature voices usually excluded from movement leadership, including queer people of color, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals.

(Washington, DC) The Equality March for Unity and Pride named a diverse group of leaders with years of advocacy and community mobilization in LGBTQ+ liberation movements across the country and the world as 12 of its national co-chairs.  The co-chairs will be responsible for guiding the ongoing development of the march, which will take place on June 11 in Washington, DC.

“This is the most diverse national executive committee of any of the past five LGBTQ+ marches in Washington” said San Diego City Commissioner and National Co-Chair Nicole Murray Ramirez, who has served on the national organizing committees of all five past Marches in Washington. “From queer youth, Two-Spirit members, Transgender, Black Lives Matter activists, Undocumented, Immigrant, to HRC, AmFar, and various organizations. The Equality March and the rally stage will indeed truly represent the changing faces of the U.S. and of our LGBTQ+ movement.”

Inspired by the queer liberation movement’s history of diverse, inclusive, and politically resonant public demonstrations, the Equality March for Unity and Pride will elevate and mobilize LGBTQ+ communities by highlighting those who, historically, have been actively silenced and neglected in the fight for full liberation, so that we may find unity and strength through diversity. The march is centered on the principle that in order to heal from the decades of neglect and erasure of marginalized people in the community, we must center transgender and gender expansive communities, and people of color.  The co-chairs demand the inclusion of those left behind by social justice movements, including Black, Latinx, Bisexual, and differently-abled individuals.  The co-chairs firmly believe that the community finds strength in diversity, and that the current political and social movement demands not just solidarity, but work towards intentional equity, representation, and protection of the most vulnerable.

Equality March planners are working in coordination with the National Parks Service. Further details on the logistics of the march will be released in the coming weeks.

Sister marches are planned in more than 25 cities across the country for June 11 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.

“As a cis gay white male of privilege, I recognize that for far too long certain members of LGBTQ+ Communities have been underserved both here in the United States and abroad,” said national co-chair David Bruinooge. “They need to finally be given the same equity, equality, visibility, protection, access, liberties, justice, and inclusion as the most privileged among us in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ liberation. This movement is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ communities to move forward together in solidarity and ensure together that all all our voices will not be silenced by those who want to roll back previous progress or impede necessary future change.”

“Transgender people are at the front lines of every movement from immigration and reproductive justice to the fight for Black Lives Matter yet our realities and experiences need to be centered and our voices amplified,” said Catalina Velasquez, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at Casa Ruby,President of Consult Catalina, and Board Vice-Chair of Our Revolution. She is the first undocumented transgender woman appointed Commissioner of the DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs, and a national co-chair of the March.  “Sexual and Gender liberation are key in our resistance to the current anti-immigrant and anti-transgender  administration and the ongoing slaughter of transgender people of color. I am part of this march so the T in LGBTQ+ is not a footnote or a lost addendum in an everyday larger acronym. I march because there are 11.2 million undocumented immigrants of which hundreds of thousands are LGBTQ+ facing persecution, detention, and deportation to a death sentence, yet we see little to no public outcry. I march because pride is an act of resistance in a world where over 80 countries criminalize people based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.”

Our national Co-Chairs include:

  1. Anika Simpson, Ph.D., Founder, Beyond Policy LLC | Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy at Morgan State University | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
  2. Ashley Smith, The Capital Pride Alliance | Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Board Member | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  3. Catalina Velasquez, Consult Catalina President | Casa Ruby Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications | Washington DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs Commissioner | Our Revolution Board Vice Chair | GetEqual Board Co-Chair |  Megaphone Strategies​ Board Member | Inclusv Board Member | Trans United Fund Board Member |  United We DREAM’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) Advisory Council | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers, Trans Goddess.
  4. David Bruinooge, Founder: The Equality March for Unity & Pride | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  5. Elle Hearns, Executive Director of The Marsha P Johnson Institute | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
  6. José L. Plaza, President, Latino GLBT History Project | Chair, DC Latino Pride | Executive Board Member, DC New Leaders Council | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  7. Lydia X. Z. Brown, Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council | At-large board member of the Autism Women’s Network | Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
  8. Lynnette McFadzen, President, BiNet USA  | Producer, The BiCast | Core Organizer | The Bi Brigade | Pronouns: They/Them She/Hers
  9. Nicole Murray Ramirez, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico | Harvey Milk Foundation | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  10. Sean Coleman, Executive Director, Destination Tomorrow | Board Member, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  11. Sue Doster, Co-President, InterPride | Strategic Planning Director, NYCPride |  Pronouns: She/her/hers
  12. Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez,  The International Indigenous Youth Council | Standing Rock Activist | Two-Spirit & Indigenous Activist | Pronouns: He, Him, His

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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA 26 de abril de 2017

CONTACTO:
Jose L. Plaza, plaza.jl@gmail.com
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LA MARCHA POR LA IGUALDAD, LA UNIDAD, Y EL ORGULLO ANUNCIA COPRESIDENTES

El mitin y la marcha de este mes de junio en Washington, DC contarán con voces generalmente excluidas del liderazgo de movimientos sociales, incluyendo personas de color, transgénero y personas de todas genero no declarado.

(WASHINGTON DC) La Marcha por la Igualdad por la Unidad y el Orgullo nombró a un grupo diverso de líderes con años de apoyo y movilización de la comunidad en movimientos de liberación LGBTQ+ en todo el país y el mundo como 12 de sus copresidentes nacionales. Los copresidentes serán los encargados de guiar el desarrollo continuo de la marcha, que tendrá lugar el 11 de junio en Washington, DC.

“Este es el comité ejecutivo nacional más diverso de cualquiera de las últimas cinco marchas LGBTQ+ en Washington”, dijo la Comisionada de la Ciudad de San Diego y el Copresidente Nacional Nicole Murray Ramírez, que ha servido en los comités organizadores nacionales de las cinco Marchas en Washington. “De jóvenes queer, miembros de dos espíritus, transexuales, activistas de Black Lives Matter, indocumentados, inmigrantes, HRC, AmFar y varias organizaciones. La Marcha de la Igualdad y el mitin representarán verdaderamente la diversidad de los Estados Unidos y de nuestro movimiento LGBTQ+ “.

La Marcha de la Igualdad por la Unidad y el Orgullo, inspirada por la historia del movimiento de liberación LGBTQ+, de manifestaciones políticamente resonantes, elevará y movilizará a las comunidades LGBTQ + destacando a aquellos que históricamente han sido activamente silenciados y desechados en la lucha por la liberación total, para que podamos encontrar unidad y fuerza a través de la diversidad. La marcha se centra en el principio de que, para corregir las décadas de abandono de las personas marginadas en la comunidad, debemos centrar las comunidades transgénero y las personas de color. Los copresidentes creen firmemente que la comunidad encuentra fortaleza en la diversidad y que el actual momento político y social exige no sólo la solidaridad, sino que trabajar hacia la equidad intencional, la representación y la protección de los más vulnerables.

Los organizadores de la marcha están trabajando en coordinación con el Servicio de Parques Nacionales. Más detalles sobre la logística de la marcha se dará a conocer en las próximas semanas.

Se organizarán marchas en más de 25 ciudades de todo el país para el 11 de junio en solidaridad con la misión de apoyar la lucha por los derechos y la seguridad para todos los individuos y familias LGBTQ+ con énfasis similar en personas homosexuales de color, transgénero y con género no declarado.

“Las personas transgénero están al frente de cada movimiento sea de inmigración y justicia reproductiva o la lucha por Black Lives Matter, sin embargo, nuestras realidades y experiencias necesitan ser centradas y nuestras voces amplificadas” dijo Catalina Velasquez Directora de Alianzas Estratégicas y Comunicaciones en Casa Ruby, Presidenta de Consult Catalina, la primera mujer transgénero indocumentada nombrada Comisionada de la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos de la Alcaldesa de DC, Vicepresidenta de la mesa directiva de Our Revolution y Copresidenta Nacional. “La liberación sexual y de género es clave en nuestra resistencia a la actual administración anti-inmigrante y anti-transgénero y la continua matanza de personas transgénero de color. Yo soy parte de esta marcha por lo que la T en LGBTQ+ no es solo una letra o un addendum perdido en un acrónimo cada día más grande. Marcho porque hay 11,2 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados de los cuales cientos de miles son LGBTQ+ enfrentándose a persecución, detención y deportación a una sentencia de muerte. Yo marcho porque el orgullo es un acto de resistencia en un mundo donde más de 80 países criminalizan a las personas basadas en la orientación sexual y/o identidad de género.”

Presidente del Proyecto de Historia Latina LGBTQ+ y  Copresidente Nacional José L. Plaza, dijo “Marchó como recordatorio de que este movimiento fue iniciado por gente de color en Stonewall. Marcho porque esos que se rebelaron estaban luchando por sus vidas y ahora décadas más tarde, en medio de un clima en el que se están asesinando personas trans de color en nuestras calles, donde nos están matando nuestros jóvenes negros y Latinos, donde nuestra lucha por la igualdad y la equidad está en peligro bajo una administración que no valora la diversidad ni protege a los más vulnerables, ahora también luchamos por nuestras vidas y por esos marginados por políticas discriminatorias. Marcho porque las vidas de nuestros hermanos y hermanas negras importan, porque las familias de inmigrantes deben permanecer juntas, porque el amor es amor y es ciego a la raza, género, religión o riqueza. Marcho porque merecemos mejor y dentro de cincuenta años no quiero que mis hijos todavía están marchando por derechos humanos.”

Nuestros Copresidentes Nacionales representan un grupo de líderes en todos los ámbitos de la vida con una historia de abogacía a través de una amplia gama de temas:

  1. Anika Simpson, Ph.D., Founder, Beyond Policy LLC | Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Philosophy at Morgan State University | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
  2. Ashley Smith, The Capital Pride Alliance | Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Board Member | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  3. Catalina Velasquez, Consult Catalina President | Casa Ruby Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications | Washington DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs Commissioner | Our Revolution Board Vice Chair | GetEqual Board Co-Chair |  Megaphone Strategies​ Board Member | Inclusv Board Member | Trans United Fund Board Member |  United We DREAM’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) Advisory Council | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers, Trans Goddess.
  4. David Bruinooge, Founder: The Equality March for Unity & Pride | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  5. Elle Hearns, Executive Director of The Marsha P Johnson Institute | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
  6. José L. Plaza, President, Latino GLBT History Project | Chair, DC Latino Pride | Executive Board Member, DC New Leaders Council | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  7. Lydia X. Z. Brown, Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council | At-large board member of the Autism Women’s Network | Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
  8. Lynnette McFadzen, President, BiNet USA  | Producer, The BiCast | Core Organizer | The Bi Brigade | Pronouns: They/Them She/Hers
  9. Nicole Murray Ramirez, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico | Harvey Milk Foundation | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  10. Sean Coleman, Executive Director, Destination Tomorrow | Board Member, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) | Pronouns: He, Him, His
  11. Sue Doster, Co-President, InterPride | Strategic Planning Director, NYCPride |  Pronouns: She/her/hers
  12. Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez,  The International Indigenous Youth Council | Standing Rock Activist | Two-Spirit & Indigenous Activist | Pronouns: He, Him, His

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