The Washington Blade is reporting that activist (and regular Bilerico commenter and guest poster) Robin Tyler is calling for another march on Washington DC in 2012.
Veteran lesbian activist Robin Tyler of Los Angeles says she's talking to LGBT leaders and organizations across the country about the possibility of a national march on Washington for equality in May 2012.
She said an LGBT march on Washington held in October 2009 and a series of street protests during the past year by the direct action group Get Equal played a key role in what she called the few LGBT advances under the Obama administration, including the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." She was not involved in organizing the 2009 march.
"The fact is, without continuous protests that Get Equal, Dan Choi, Robin McGhee and others did, I believe, as so many others do, that DADT would not have been struck down," Tyler said.
While critics say that organizing in activists' home turf would be more effective, Tyler posits that the enthusiasm for a national march would trickle down into the fifty. I'd be more inclined to support a national day of marches in every state; it's easier for lawmakers to ignore a march in Washington, but a large local march would get the attention of both federal and state legislators in most states.