On Tuesday, April 28, hundreds of New Yorkers will be making their way to the state capital, Albany, to demand LGBT Equality & Justice. In this, what promises to be a pivotal year in the fight for marriage equality in the state, the Empire State Pride Agenda hopes to show strength in numbers by topping last year's attendance of 1,100 participants. The registration deadline is near so please register now! They even provide busing for folk who register but don't have transportation so please consider attending.
Although the lobby-day focuses on much more than marriage equality, advocacy on marriage rights have gained a certain immediacy with reports yesterday that Governor David Paterson intends to re-introduce legislation to legalize marriage rights for same-sex couples.
As with Prop. 8 in California and Jointheimpact.com, it's great to see independent initiatives rise-up in support. The "One Day Equals" campaign, which is not affiliated with Pride Agenda, simply came from a desire by three individuals to pool their resources, time and effort to raise awareness about this year's LGBT Equality & Justice Day.
As Joe Liebman writes to me:
The campaign is called One Day Equals. Drawing parallels between the march on Albany and historical events like the Storming of the Bastille, the Boston Tea Party and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, ads all end with the same message: ONE DAY CAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY. One day equals us all one day becoming equals. OneDayEquals.com
The Pride Agenda, in the meantime, also has it's own video out:
So, if you have the time, please consider donating one day of your life for LGBT equal rights by registering now.