Queer Civil Rights Walk In NYC Easter Parade, April 24, 2011




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Date : Sunday, April 24, 2011
Meeting Place 1 : Fifth Avenue and 57th Street
Meeting Place 2 : Fifth Avenue and 44th Street
Start Time : 10:30 a.m.


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 will travel to Albany to lobby state leaders on March 8 to, among other things, ”oppose efforts to redefine marriage.”


http://www.nyscatholic.org/pages/policy/show_policy.asp


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 ?


On Sunday, April 24, we invite you to join other LGBT New Yorkers in increasing our visibility in front of the Catholic Church.


Your courageous participation can help 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 is important that everybody, who participates in this procession, recognizes that we want 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 is also open to Catholics, who are LGBT allies.


Visit http://connectingrainbows.ning.com/ and join our group. If you would like to join me in this peaceful procession, visit the website and look for the Easter Parade event. Send me a message on the website, and let me know that you want to participate. I also invite you to surf the website for more information about Connecting Rainbows and other Civil Rights Walks for America. I am counting on your participation to make a difference.

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