Alex Blaze

Live from Washington: Coverage of the National Equality March

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 10, 2009 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: LGBT, March on Washington, National Equality March, rights

I'm updating this post all day today and tomorrow with video, pics, and messages from Bilerico contributors who are in Washington. If you want to contribute to this, email edteam (at)

Bil sent in a few photos. Here's the lobby as people are getting into the HRC/Obama dinner (yes, Bil's credentialed and will be reporting later on that):


Here's Bil with a guy from Glee that he ran into while shopping:


Joe Solmonese and the cast of Gavin Creel:


Joe Solmonese and the cast of Glee:


Jillian Weiss also has photos up on her Facebook page (you'll have to get her to friend you to have access). Here she is with some Ramapo students in the van on the way down:


Here's their van, all decked out:


And here they are getting ready to go:

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Bil tweeted:

Holy cow! NPR and the NY Times in one day? Yay for @bilericoproject !

Check out those links for more on the debate on the March. The controversy surrounding it made the traditional media.

David Costello has some more information on what's happening at the March that aren't the March itself:

There are a whole host of Don't Ask, Don't Tell events which include a session called "Repealing DADT: Lobbying Tactics". This training will take place at the fabulous HRC building and there is room for 200 of you who are interested in finding out best practices for lobbying your legislators. Other DADT-related events include a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetary and even a morning cadence run starting at the national WWII memorial.

A big part of what we'll be marching for is to ensure a better future for LGBT youth. There are several youth-related events that will allow them to network and learn about how they can get involved to help secure that future. SMYAL, a local DC group, is hosting its leadership conference "Stand up, Get Loud" on that Saturday for youth age 13-21. Among the workshops included are those on developing communications skills, college/intern readiness and self-defense. The event is free and includes meals, but it does require registration. The Trevor Project is also sponsoring empowerment trainings and workshops for folks ages 13-25. For those college students looking to take home organizing skills, there will be a session solely on tips for organizing on campus. Again, all these workshops are FREE.

From Phil Reese @ 8:30am:

I had so much fun last night!

Meeting Kerry Eleveld and David Mixner were most definitely highlights of the evening. I also loved meeting Tom Goss and the cast of Feast of Fun--the big gay PodCast out of Chicago!

Now let's get to work: GLAAD media training in 2 hours, followed a little while later by Camp Courage. I'm really looking forward to the meetings today and watching our Nobel Peace Prize winning president lay out the plan for LGBT rights tonight! We shall see how he does!

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I don't know the details, nor can I list a Cast of Characters ... but it appears that "leaders" --- both official and self-appointed --- are tripping and fumbling about, scheduling events that conflict with each other time-wise. It is especially pointless if two conflicting events deal with the same issue.

You can only cram so much into 48 hours, folks.