Wednesday, September 16, 2009


A groundswell of support for the National Equality March, set for October 10 and 11 in Washington D.C., is building as the date approaches. Towleroad can exclusively reveal a list from Equality Across America of 140 prominent LGBT figures and allies who have put their names and endorsements behind the National Equality March, which seeks equal protection in all matters governed by law in all 50 states.
The new list consists of a broad range of LGBT strategists and visionaries, media figures, entertainment industry notables, elected officials, and HIV/AIDS and community activists, from across the country.
Said activist Robin McGehee, who is running day-to-day operations of the march with Kip Williams: "I will never be able to describe the humbling amazement of a once closeted lesbian from Mississippi, who would read about the movement and it's leaders, now being able to work with and plan for the people and community I had admired from afar. The people and organizations that are endorsing the National Equality March are giving young activist and organizers, like myself, encouragement and support to continue our movement's forward push for full federal equality."
Among the 140 new endorsers of the march are activists, strategists, and leaders in the fight for LGBT equality: Diane Abbitt, Roberta Bennett, Ethan Geto, Neil Giuliano, Cleve Jones, David Mixner, Nicole Murray-Ramirez, Ann Northrop, Torie Osborn, Judy Shepard, Nadine Smith, Peter Staley, Sean Strub, Urvashi Vaid and William Waybourn.
Entertainment industry endorsements include: Oscar-winning Actress Charlize Theron; Oscar-winning Producer Bruce Cohen; Oscar-winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black; Emmy-winning Actress Judith Light; Tony Award winners Alan Cumming and Harvey Fierstein; Jazz impresarios Kate Clinton and Dave Koz; Chad Allen; "Mad Men's" Bryan Batt; Beth Broderick; David Drake; Herb Hamsher; Lance Horne; Dan Karslake; Michael Kearns; Tim Miller; Holly Near; Larry Sullivan; Bruce Vilanch and Judge David Young.
Elected officials and other political leaders endorsing October's march include: US Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); State Senator Tom Duane (D-NY); San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty; former US Congressman Ed Feighan; Assembly Member Micah Kellner (D-NY); former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl; Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell (D-NY); NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn; Victory Fund president and CEO, Chuck Wolfe; Donald Hitchcock; Charles O'Byrne; Marsha Scott; Frank Selvaggi; Richard Socarides; Rich Tafel; Will Trinkle; Jon Winkleman; Peter Yacobellis and Paul Yandura.
Endorsements by members of the media include: Air America's David Bender, and other radio personalities, Lance Helms, Ace Lundon, Michelangelo Signorile, and Tony Sweet; as well as literary figures and blog writers, Richard Burns, Robert Desiderio, Lane Hudson, Doug Ireland, Jonathan Katz, Eric Marcus, Patrick Range McDonald, Bob Smith, and Pam Spaulding.
HIV/AIDS and other community activists endorsing the march include: Chip Arndt, Aaron Baldwin, Dr. Jerry Cade, Mark Ishaug, Corey Johnson, Dr. Tony Mills and Dan Montoya. Leaders of the faith community endorsing the NEM include: C. Weldon Gaddy (Interfaith Alliance), Mitchell Gold (Faith in America), MCC Church Founder Rev. Troy Perry, and President of Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, and Soul Force Freedom Ride Founder, Jake Reitan.
We at Towleroad (Andy Towle and Michael Goff) are included on the list as well and urge everyone to meet us in Washington D.C. in October.
The full list of new endorsers, AFTER THE JUMP...

Diane Abbitt, President, California Equality and Lesbian Legend! Chad Allen, Actor/ Producer Jeff Anderson, Fundraiser/ Activist (San Francisco) Chip Arndt, Activist, Winner of the Amazing Race 4 Toni Atkins, Former City Council Member of San Diego Dennis Bailey, Author/Actor Aaron Baldwin, LGBTQ/HIV Activist Tammy Baldwin, Congresswomen (D- WI) Jarrett Tom├ís Barrios, President, GLADD Bryan Batt, Actor, AMC’s “Mad Men” David Bender, Air America Roberta Bennett, Attorney/Legendary Activist Jeff Berman, Attorney at Law / New York City Dustin Lance Black, Oscar Winning Screenwriter (”Milk”) Jeremy Blacklow, Entertainment Industry Steven Bluestein, Playwright Beth Broderick, Actress Bil Browning, Founder and Publisher of Richard Burns, Screenwriter Dr. Jerry Cade, Director HIV Service University Medical Center/Las Vegas Jeffrey H. Campagna, Founder, Tom Carpenter, Former CoChair of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)Michael Cashman, Member of the European Parliament Lt. Daniel Choi, West Point and United States Army Kate Clinton, Comedian/Writer Bruce Cohen, Oscar Wining Producer Alan Cummings, Actor Robert Desiderio, Actor Tanya L. Domi, Former US Army Captain/ Human Rights Advocate Clay Doherty, Former Executive Director, Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council of the DNCWilliam Alan Donius, Former Chairmen/ CEO Pulaksi Bank/ St. Louis Craig Dougherty, Corporate Leader/ Entrepreneur David Drake, Obie Award Winning Actor/ Playwright and Director Tom Duane, New York State Senator Bevan Duffy, San Francisco Board of Supervisors Rabbi Denise Eger, President of Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis Brian Ellner, Political Activist/ New York Edward Feighan, Former United States Member of Congress (D-Ohio) Harvey Fierstein, Actor/ Writer Sally Fisher, Founder/Intersect Worldwide Randy Florke, Founder, Rural Connection Robert Forbuss, Nevada Board of Regents Joe Freeman, Political Activist Alan Friel, Labor Day LA C Weldon Gaddy, Interfaith Alliance Ethan Geto, Geto and de Milly Neil Giuliano, Former Mayor of Tempe, Arizona and President of GLAAD Mitchell Gold, Faith in America – Board President Michael Goff, Towleroad/ModUrban Media / Founder, Out magazineHerb Hamsher, Producer/ Manager Lance Helms, Talk Show Host, “Lundon Calling” Lance Horne, Musician Mark Ishaug, President, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Chad Johnson, Former Executive Director National Stonewall Democrats Corey Johnson, New York Democratic Party Activist Lane Hudson, Commentator and Writer Doug Ireland, Journalist Cleve Jones, Activist, The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Kim Kakerbeck, Former CoChair of Empire State Pride Agenda (New York)Gregg Kaminsky, Travel Expert Barry Karas, Political Operative/ANGLE Fred Karger, Founder, Californian’s Against Hate Leslie Katz, Former San Francisco Supervisor Dan Karslake, Director/Producer (”For the Bible Tells Me So”) Jonathan Katz, Author/Historian/ University of Buffalo Michael Kearns, Actor/Activist Micah Kellner, New York State Assembly Member Dave Koz, Smooth Jazz Legend For Sax Sheila Kuehl, Former California State Senator Donald Hitchcock, Democratic Party Activist Judith Light, Actress Tony Leonhardt, Union Advocate, Association of Professional Flight AttendantsAce Lundon, Talk Show Host, “Lundon Calling” Jack Mackenroth, Fashion Designer/ TV Producer Sean Maloney, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP Eric Marcus, Writer/ Journalist Patrick Range McDonald, Award Winning Journalist Robin McGehee, Activist, Meet In The Middle Organizer Dana Miller, Producer/ Writer Tim Miller, Actor/ Performance Artist Dr. Tony Mills, HIV/ AIDS Activist David Mixner, Author/Activist Patrick Menasco, Attorney Dan Montoya, Former Presidential Commission on HIV/AIDS Member Larry Moss, New York Democratic Party Official Christopher Murray, Author/ Psychotherapist Holly Near, Musician/Actress Ann Northrop, Activist, Co-host Gay USA Charles O’Byrne, Prominent Political Strategist Danny O'Donnell, Assemblyman, NY Andrew Oldershaw, LGBT Media Specialist Torie Osborn, Author/Activist Dan Osheyack, Point Foundation Board Member Alfredo Paredes, Executive Vice President, Polo Ralph Lauren Jay Perez, Attorney at Law/ St. Louis Dana Perlman, Human Rights Campaign Board Member Rev Troy Perry, Founder of the MCC Church Christine Quinn, City Council President of New York City Nichol Ramirez, City Commissioner, San Diego, Activist Phil Reese, Talk Show Host, “Lundon Calling” Jacob Reitan, Founder of Soul Force’s Equality Rides and “The Right To Serve”Randi and Philip Reitan, Parent Activists for LGBT Rights Howard Rosenman, Film and Television Producer, Writer and Actor Guy Ross, Trustee, University of Richmond (Virginia) Marsha Scott, White House, President Clinton Frank Selvaggi, Co-Chair of Empire State Pride Agenda/ New York Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation Michelangelo Signorile, Talk Show Host/Writer Bob Smith, Comedian/ Author Richard Socarides, White House Special Assistant to President Clinton Jeff Soukup, Fundraiser/ Activist (San Francisco) Pam Spaulding, Blogger Peter Staley, Founder and Advisory Editor/ Jonathan Stoller, Financial Advisor Alan M. Strasburg, Former Board Chair, The Trevor Project Sean Strub, Founder of Poz Magazine and CEO of Cable Positive Tony Sweet, Talk Show Host/ Los Angeles Larry Sullivan, Actor/The Trip Rich Tafel, Founder of Log Cabin Republicans/ President of RLT StrategiesCharlize Theron, Academy Award Winning Actress Andy Towle, Towleroad.comJeff Trandahl, Washington, DC / Environmentalists Will Trinkle, Board Member of GLAAD Curt Truman, Los Angeles, President Truman Real Estate Urvashi Vaid, Author/ Activist/ LGBT Leader Dana Vera, Managing Editor/ White Crane Journal Bruce Vilanch, Writer/ Actor Bo Young, White Crane Institute/ White Crane Journal Honey Ward, The Experience William Waybourn, Former Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Former Managing Director of GLAADScott Widmeyer, Former Board Chair of Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and CEO of Widmeyer CommunicationsKip Williams, Activist, One Struggle One Fight Rev. Nancy Wilson, Head of International MCC Church Bob Wingate, Publisher, Outbound Press Jon Winkleman, Stonewall Democrats Chuck Wolfe, CEO and President of National Gay and Lesbian Victory FundPeter Yacobellis, Aide to Governor Paterson Paul Yandura, White House, President Clinton Judge David Young, Television Judge Jose M. Zuniga, CEO of International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
"Equality Across America (EAA) is a network of decentralized organizers in every one of the 435 Congressional districts. These organizers form Congressional District Action Teams (CDATs) that work within their own communities to achieve full equality for LGBT Americans and their families. EAA supports the following key pieces of legislation: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), the Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). With members of every race, class, faith, and community, EAA sees the struggle for LGBT equality as part of a larger movement for peace and social justice. The National Equality March (NEM) is being organized by EAA to show broad-based support for full equality for LGBT Americans on the doorstep of those who can make that happen – the United States Congress. The event will be held Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Each EAA Congressional District Action Team will mobilize its community to attend the event. "SPHERE: RELATED CONTENT

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