On the Thirtieth of last month I posted a piece in support of tomorrow’s March on Washington, a march I should disclose I will not be attending. Indeed the only march on Washington that I have ever been to was the one 42 years ago when we marched on the Pentagon to protest the US war of aggression against the people of Vietnam.
Mostly I haven’t gone to this for the same reason I never went to the Michigan Women’s Music Festival even though I dearly love the music of many who perform there. I am poor and cost limits my freedom to travel to such events otherwise I would.
I think it is important to go and make your voice heard. Even more so if you have special concerns or feel that various national groups are failing to represent you. As a lesbian feminist I have seen the power of those who complain and protest their exclusion. This has been particularly true of making access for the differently abled.
There are lots of reasons why those involved with the transgender movements are not treated as equals. One aspect is that the modern idea of transgender is only about 15 years old in a movement started for gay and lesbian rights that is nearly 60 years old.
One of the commenters wrote several “How dare you!” comments.
I’m afraid I failed to adequately answer Nome so I’m going to try again.
Nome: “How can it be a march for equality on all fronts when HRC and many other organizations that have repeatedly thrown trans/genderqueer folk under the bus? How can it be equality when the main focus of the march is on marriage, something that while may be important to many, does not help out most queers? Just a couple thoughts.”
- Repeatedly thrown trans/genderqueer people under the bus (HRC). HRC is a rather yuppie organization that represents a certain professional class of gay and lesbian people. The basis of this charge was the non-trans-inclusive ENDA that was floated the last year of the Bush Administration as a means of doing a head count, a way of seeing who our friends were for the coming election. Not one person believed it had a chance of passing.
- Marriage is one of the major issues as are hate crimes, ENDA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Health Care is another area.
- If you don’t like HRC there are dozens of other organizations. I’m sure that with a minimal amount of effort you could find one compatible with your needs.
- You could start your own group even though it is very difficult to get any two people whose lives have been associated with any of the trans-prefixed words to agree on much of anything.
Some more information regarding the march from Equality Across America
About Equality Across America
Our One Single Demand:
Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. We will accept no less and will work until it is achieved. Equality Across America exists to support grassroots organizing in all 435 Congressional Districts to achieve full equality.
We are guaranteed equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Free and equal people do not bargain for or prioritize our rights. Full equality necessarily includes all members of the LGBT community and encompasses, but is not limited to:
- The right to work our jobs and go to school free of harassment and discrimination.
- The right to safety in our daily lives, and protection from hate crimes.
- The right to equitable healthcare, and the right to donate blood.
- The right to equitable immigration policies.
- The right to marry.
- The right to serve in the military openly.
Many bills currently exist to address some of these issues, but we do not support a piecemeal strategy. We seek one federal solution to full equality.
Equality Across America is a network of decentralized organizers in every one of the 435 Congressional districts. These organizers form Congressional District Action Teams (CDATs) that will do the work on the ground in their own communities to achieve full equality.
Each CDAT works not only toward national equality, but participates in their local and state struggles for equality in areas like marriage, adoption, and work-place discrimination. Equality Across America connects organizers from around the country so we can support one another in all of our work, focusing energy and resources in battlegrounds when needed.
As members of every race, class, faith, and community, we see the struggle for LGBT equality as part of a larger movement for peace and social justice.
How to get involved:
Start by signing our pledge. On the sign-up page you can indicate if you want to want to join your local Congressional District Action Team and if you want to participate in the National Equality March in October. After you sign up, you’ll receive information about the team in your area. If there is no team in your Congressional District, we can help you start one.
Equality Across America exists to serve the Congressional District Action Teams. Each Team will be self-organized, led by local organizers who know their community and the local issues best.
What is the National Equality March?
The National Equality March is an important event to show support for full equality on the door step of those who can make that happen: the Congress of the United States. It will be held October 10-11, 2009 in Washington, DC and each Congressional District Action Team will mobilize its community to go to DC. For more information, read About the March.