LGBT Civil Rights Walk In NYC Easter Parade 2011 – Connecting Rainbows. Sunday, April 24, 2011.
Homophobia kills. STOP IT now.
From the organizer: Louis Equality Flores
“In the last year, we’ve seen Congress finally repeal ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We’ve seen a court issue an important ruling against Prop 8. But there are other actions we can take right here in New York City, to further lay a foundation for a national LGBT civil rights movement.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan and other Bishops and other Catholics of New York State traveled to Albany to lobby state leaders on March 8 to, among other things, ”oppose efforts to redefine marriage.
It should come as no surprise, but the Pope recently said that no one has an absolute right to be married.
More laws or doctrines that discriminate can only contribute to a culture of hate and violence.
We have to acknowledge that, in this day and age, there is a loss of life that will continue with this culture of homophobia. People are dying and being attacked for who they are. If we value and place worth on life, how do we reconcile hate and violence ?
Your courageous participation helped us send a message that LGBT civil rights should be a priority to all important institutions in America — not just to Congress or to the Courts, but to every major social institution.
It was important that everybody, who participated in this procession, recognized that we wanted to keep this a peaceful and respectful procession. Our standard is a standard of peace.
In 2011, as we continue to work towards achieving equality in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states, we know that we will get there faster, if more people join one another and take action together.
I hope you will see this peaceful procession as one opportunity to participate in your LGBT civil rights movement. This invitation was also open to Catholics, who are LGBT allies.
Visit http://connectingrainbows.ning.com/ and join our group. I also invite you to surf the website for more information about Connecting Rainbows and other Civil Rights Walks for America.”
The Easter Parade 2011:
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