Rally for “Equality on the Job—In the Military And at Home”
Pass the federal Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy NOW!
12-2pm, Saturday, May 22
Westlake Plaza, downtown Seattle
Breanna Anderson and Ryan Blackhawke — Ingersoll Gender Center
Ela Barton — local queer slam poet and former Navy serviceperson
Mike Dedrick — Vietnam vet, Veterans for Peace Chapter 92
A leader of the King County Labor Council
Despite the fact that President Obama has promised to be a “fierce advocate” for LGBTQ civil rights, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) and passage of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) continue to languish in Congress while we are told to “wait” for our equality.
It is crucial that politicians act immediately to pass this legislation. According to a 2009 Gallup Poll, 69% of civilians support allowing LGBT people to serve openly in the military regardless of their sexual preference. Similarly, although it is still legal to discriminate in hiring and firing based on sexual orientation and gender identity in most of the U.S., 89% of Americans believe LGBTQ people should have equal job opportunities.
Come to the rally, bring your friends, and voice your support for these vital issues and for full LGBTQ equality NOW!
Organized by Seattle OUTProtest, a grassroots coalition of LGBTQ community organizations and activists. We meet every Sunday at 12pm at Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Capitol Hill. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.