FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC— Today, the Equality March for Unity and Pride, a grassroots movement to center the most marginalized in the LGBTQ+ communities, announced it will hold a rally at the conclusion of the march on the National Mall. During the rally, a diverse group of LGBTQ+ individuals will speak on the march’s various platform issues, from racial justice and liberation for transgender individuals to youth empowerment and reproductive justice. Speakers participating in the rally include:
- Sara Ramirez, actor, singer and activist
- Asia Kate Dillon, actor
- Mandy Carter, Co-Founder of the National Black Justice Coalition
- Dr. Imani Woody, Founding Director and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults
- Aurora Lloyd, True Colors Fund Youth Fellow
- Doug Kimmel, Founder of SAGE
- Sarah McBride, Human Rights Campaign National Press Secretary
- Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & AIDS Project
- Charlie Carver, actor
- Jason Collins, NBA player, activist, NBA Global Ambassador
- Noel Gordon, HRC Senior Specialist, HIV Prevention & Health Equity
- Nicole Murray Ramirez, National Co-Chair, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico
- Javier Cifuentes, HRC Youth Ambassador
More speakers will be announced shortly.
“The Equality March and sister events across the country, will give voice to our concerns, and support, uplift, and bring attention to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and disability,” said David Bruinooge, Founder of the Equality March for Unity & Pride. “Each speaker, in their own way, will address how progress has been made over the past decade in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ inclusion, access, and justice, and what work remains to be done. It’s our time to march and fight to affirm and protect our rights, our safety, and our full humanity. Join us!”
The March will occur 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 during the march and rally. Additionally, the Sacred Cloth project-Section 93 will be leading the march with their Rainbow25 Sea to Sea flag and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will join with members of other GALA choruses from around the country to form a festival chorus titled L.O.V.E.-League of Voices for Equality.
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.
The starting location for the march will be on I (Eye) Street between 17th and 14th Street NW. Beginning at 10:00am ET, marchers will walk south on 17th Street, east onto Pennsylvania Ave, south on to 15th Street, east on Constitution Ave, ending at 7th Street onto the National Mall.
The rally will begin around 12:00pm and be held near the intersection of 3rd Street and Madison Drive NW.
Press is invited to cover the kick-off, duration, and end of the march. Press is also invited to cover the rally.
Press interested in covering the march should come to the media tent located in Farragut Square (17th and K St NW) at 9:15 AM to pick up press credentials. At approximately 9:45 AM, press will be escorted to the front of the march, which is at the intersection of 17th and Eye Street NW, to be in place when it begins. After the march kicks off, press is welcome to walk among the crowd and cover different portions of the march.
Press interested in covering the rally should come to the media tent at 3rd and Madison Drive NW at 11:30 AM to pick up credentials. Select speakers will be brought to the media tent for interviews and press interested in recording the speaking program will be allowed in the “buffer zone” right in front of the stage.
Press is strongly encouraged to RSVP for credentials by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.