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I’m not typically one for asking anyone to jump onto a cause or a fundraiser simply because I would, and I tend to avoid soliciting donations from friends or the community, especially when we’re all close to broke.
However, for those of you out there who might have a couple dollars lingering around or have a handful of change you’d like to put toward a noble cause, I’m passing along the word. And if you’re unable to donate – which is totally okay because, unfortunately, many of us are economically challenged right now – spreading this information to others would be just as helpful.
Rachel from Mom in Real Life will be participating this October in Washington D.C.’s National Equality March and she’s seeking donations toward helping as many Chicago folks attend as possible. Sure, the majority of you reading this right now are saying, “But I don’t live in Chicago, so what does this do for me?” Well, if you are an advocate for equal rights across the board – including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) members of society – but cannot attend the event yourself, why not put a few bucks toward helping someone else join the march?
I truly believe that every body there in D.C. this fall will assist in creating a larger impact on our elected officials for making a true, real equality change in this country. Every person making his or her presence known that weekend – Oct. 10-11 – can honestly make a difference.
Here’s an emotional and genuine excerpt from Rachel’s post:
We are not marching for gay marriage, we are not marching to hate on the Bible, we are marching to get federal rights for all of America’s citizens. We are marching so that a person who fights and risks their lives for their country should be able to carry a picture of their partner in the uniform. We are marching so that when a gay man gets beaten and tied to a fence post to die it is considered a hate crime. We are marching so that a good teacher will not lose her job because she loves another woman. We are marching so that a senior citizen can honor the wishes of their partner of 50 years when they get seriously ill and be allowed to stay by their bedside to provide comfort.
And for those rights, for that kind of equality, shouldn’t we all be doing whatever we possibly can to help?
If you’re a blog regular, you know my strong advocacy for marriage equality and gay marriage rights throughout the United States. But I’m glad Rachel’s post – even if I stumbled upon it a bit late – gave me an opportunity to make it known that I believe in more than marriage rights being extended to the LGBTQ community, but every right afforded to the average straight white man in this country. If we can break down racial barriers – although that’s still a struggle for some, sadly – then why can’t we do the same for something as simple as sexual orientation?
Take a minute and check out Rachel’s post, “I just need a moment of your time,” and, if you feel compelled to do so, donate or just pass along the word.
Thanks for reading. ::Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.::
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