Marches are commonplace in DC. Everyone wants to come to DC to protest, raise their voice and let the folks in power know they care about this or that issue. To be honest, I generally don't pay a lot of attention to most of these marches.
But the National Equality March was personal. As a gay man and a resident of DC, I felt it was my duty to attend the March. And I'm so glad I did. It was a beautiful day. Not because of the weather (which was gorgeous), but because the people defied the skeptics, the cynics and the old-fashioned politicos and they showed up. They showed up in the tens of thousands. And they demonstrated that the so-called "establishment" doesn't always get it right.
There must have been at least 120,000 people at the March today - if not more. But I really don't think the final turnout numbers matter. The point has been made. We showed up and we told the world that we matter. We don't just deserve equality, but we know that we have to speak up and speak out to get it.
I hope that folks will return to their homes and continue the work that began today with lifting their voices in unison. Action is great, but follow-up is what will make the difference between one great, gay day in Washington and a real change in the politics and policies that have an impact on our lives every day.