This Sunday, June 11th, Washington D.C. will be hosting the “The Equality March for Unity and Pride”. There will be marches happening all around the world. On The Equality Marches webpage they want to spread the word “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 landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals.” Click on “Equality March” to see and navigate the complete website. You can find all of the information for the closest march to you in your state or community.
I will be meeting with all of these groups in Austin, Texas at the state Capitol at noon on Sunday. This is a Unity March for everyone that is being discriminated against around the globe, not just one specific group of people.
In Texas we have faced on of the most detrimental legislative sessions this year. Just a few of the bills in the 85th session that will become law on September 1st are a religious exemption bill that allows Christians to turn away LGBTQ, Muslim, Jews & other religions, mixed race married couples, single parents and more for adoptions and foster parents in the welfare system. Texas has also passed SB 4, a “Sanctuary City-Show Me Your Papers” law which is a law racially profiling any person of color. This new “Sanctuary City” law is already being challenged by Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and Dallas in court do to its unconstitutionality.
Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8, which requires abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal remains in Texas, into law on Tuesday. The law also bans the donation of fetal tissue, bans the most common method of second-trimester abortions, and implements possible felony criminal charges for anyone who helps a woman get a second-trimester abortion.
Of course one of the most contentious bills introduced in Texas 85th legislative session was SB 6 the “Bathroom Bill” that did not pass in session. Now a special session and this is one of the 20 issues that Governor Abbott wants a bill passed on. Abbott wants a bill that will keep Transgender Texans from using the bathroom of their gender identity. This would not only be harmful to transgendered adults but especially harmful to transgender children and youth in public schools.
Below is a video released by the Human Rights Campaign Friday, June 9th. Please watch and here is the paragraph below the HRC video. “The LGBTQ community is as diverse as the fabric of our nation. We are Muslim. We are Jewish. We are women. We are Black, White, Asian and Latino. We are immigrants and we are people with disabilities. The Human Rights Campaign continues to work with partners that acknowledge and lift up our intersectional identities, and in doing so, stregthen our movement for LGBTQ equality. People who live at the intersection of the LGBTQ equality and other social-justice movements are among the most vulnerable individuals in the country. This is why HRC continues to strengthen our movement by standing in solidarity with other communities facing marginalization and advocating for vital policies and services that help improve their lives, to ensure that all people are treated equally, no matter the color of their skin, where they are from, what they believe, who they are, or who they love.”
This is why we must all March! March for Unity and Equality for every person on this planet. It is time for us to rise up as one in the Resistance against hate and bigotry that has come out of the shadows and darkness across the globe. Below see all the groups that will be represented and sponsoring “The Equality March”! Please join us this Sunday at noon!