December 27, 2009

Has the National Equality March Made a Difference?

According to this article from the Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, CA), it's hard to tell, which is not exactly reassuring:

Two months after an estimated 100,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the National Equality March, activists calling for nationwide LGBT equality are working on their next steps.

But progress appears to have slowed considerably.

The National Equality March's only stated goal was equal protection for LGBT people in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states.

Cleve Jones, the longtime gay activist largely responsible for the march, had insisted the best way to achieve full equality would be to establish action teams in all 435 congressional districts across the country. But it's still not clear how many of those teams have been formed or what they are doing.

Last month, Jones told the Bay Area Reporter that he thought groups had formed in some 200 congressional districts.

"But that's kind of fuzzy," he said.

Equality Across America is the group that oversaw the march. But it has been hampered by disorganization and a turnover in leadership following the sudden resignations of co-chairs Kip Williams and Robin McGehee less than a month after the march.
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