On October 11th, thousands of LGBT rights activists will gather in Washington, DC for the National Equality March. The brainchild of longtime activists like California gay marriage proponent Robin Tyler, author David Mixner, and Names Project AIDS quilt founder Cleve Jones, the march is intended to be a full-on fight-for-all-your-rights style rally.
Among the demands on the table: the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the passage of the national Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the passage of an inclusive hate crimes bill.
Locally, a District 9 group is organizing their efforts to take part in the march. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper). Those interested may also join the local group's Facebook page.