MCC Charters Bus For National Equality March on October 11
Guest post by David Wilson of Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond.
In 1969 the world I knew was much simpler. It was a restless time of change for me, my siblings and this country we called home. It was July 16, 1969, I was twelve years old when we got off the National Airlines flight from Richmond to New York’s JFK, to begin what we thought would be a two week vacation with our mother, but ended up being three and a half years. We made it to my mother’s apartment in Woodhaven, just in time to watch the Apollo 11 crew, blast-off for their historic rendezvous with our nearest celestial neighbor, and destiny.
I was unaware of the significant event that had just taken place a few weeks earlier at the Stonewall Inn, where young gays and lesbians stood up and fought back against the police, oppression and the status-quo, but learned about it through lingering news reports. There was also this mysterious death of a young gay man, impaled on a fence in the city.
Then there was Woodstock in August, when half a million like minded people gathered peacefully, at a farm in Upstate New York, celebrating equality for three days with music, and claiming freedom and liberation of mind, body and spirit.
We have celebrated the fortieth anniversary of all these events this summer. What do these events have in common? They each demonstrate what can be achieved when we set our collective sights on creating change, and doing what seemed impossible, together. Much has been accomplished in these past forty years, but full equality for ALL People, remains elusive to those of us who identify as LGBTQ, still forced to live in the margins of American society. Some have become complacent with this situation, choosing to accept a future promise of change we can believe in or a hope for a better tomorrow, that equality will fall from the heavens if we wait just a little longer, or click our heals together over the rainbow. Brothers and sisters, WE ARE THE RAINBOW! Let’s not wait any longer to shine our colors on the nation’s capitol, the halls of justice, and the people’s house. The National Equality March is October 11, 2009, on the Mall in Washington D.C., a lot closer than the moon. Let us join together, united with one voice, with the HRC, The Task Force, UFMCC and a multitude on other national and local organizations, to proclaim our Full Equality. I’m marching not only for myself and the community I love and call home, but also for all those who have died, whose voices have fallen silent, without ever having experienced the full measure of equality.
“I’m marching in the National Equality March because of its one single demand: ‘Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states.’ We must accept no less and we must work until it is achieved,” says MCC’s Rev. Nancy L. Wilson, Moderator.
For more information on the National Equality March: www.nationalequalitymarch.com
MCC Richmond’s Proposed Bus Trip Itinerary; for the National Equality March- October 11, 2009, to the National Mall, Washington, D.C.
8:30AM- Arrive MCC Richmond with provisions for lunch, dinner, and/or snacks in transit.
9:00AM- Depart MCC Richmond, 2501 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. 23220
9:00AM-11:30PM- Motor Coach North on I-95 to I-395 – Bring your own snacks or bag lunch. Prayer Service on board.
11:30PM- Arrive at Washington, D.C. National Mall, West Lawn US Capitol
12:00PM-2:00PM Equality March – Route TBA
12:00PM-5:00PM Equality Rally on the Mall, join with other national leaders and people of faith for the march, rally and featured speakers
5:30PM- Depart The Mall- Motor Coach South to Richmond, VA.
8:00PM- Arrive at MCC Richmond
The charter bus seats 47 and has on board restroom facility. Cost for the trip is ($25.00) per person, reservations required. Please make payment to MCC Richmond, Memo: Equality Bus, by September 27, 2009. To make reservations call the church office: (804) 353-9477 or email: MCCRVA@mccrichmond.org or DRWricVA@aol.com.
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