Bil Browning

A gathering with soul

Filed By Bil Browning | September 12, 2008 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality

Bilerico Project contributor Paige Schlit asked me to pass this information on to our Bilerico-Indiana readers and ask you to forward the information on to your friends. Consider yourselves asked.

On Tuesday, September 16th, from 7 -10pm, straight men and women will gather at the Hendricks County Courthouse in Danville to share a simple but inspiring message: there's never been a better time for straight Hoosiers to stand up for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender neighbors.

The event is part of Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights 2008, a national project that will spotlight straight equality advocates over the week of September 14-20.

More information after the jump.

In 2007, the project's inaugural year, a week of nighttime vigils lit up 36 American cities--including Indianapolis--providing unprecedented visibility for fair-minded straight people.

This year, Seven Straight Nights events will again provide a unique venue for straight Americans to express their support - now, amidst a changing cultural and political landscape.

According to a June Newsweek poll, 57% of adults believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry or form civil unions, up 10% since 2004. In addition, a July 2008 Washington Post poll found that 75% of Americans now support allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly in the U.S. military.

In Indiana, a divisive marriage amendment that would negatively impact all unmarried couples failed to pass out of committee in the House this year, thereby averting a distracting and costly ballot measure. But, in the same session, proposed bias crimes legislation, would have changed Indiana's sentencing laws to allow judges to consider as an aggravating circumstance crimes committed against persons intentionally selected by reason of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, or gender, also failed.

Bias crimes, and their effect on the entire fabric of society, will be the focus of the Danville event, which is held in solidarity with the people of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, the site of a recent shooting that left two people dead.

Nationally, Seven Straight Nights is sponsored by Atticus Circle and Soulforce. Local partners include... For more information, visit


Atticus Circle is a national organization that educates and mobilizes fair-minded straight people to advance equal rights for LGBT partners, parents, and their children.

Soulforce is a national social justice organization that advocates freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.

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Thanks, Bil. As a native born Hoosier, this one makes my heart proud!