I have been an early supporter of the National Equality March and I will proudly be marching on Washington this Sunday with thousands of other LGBT Americans in a call to action for equality. As I prepare for the journey I can’t help but notice how the march and the new grassroots network that is being created by Equality Across America has already begun to pay dividends. And by doing so, it has proven many of the march’s negative naysayers wrong even before it has begun. The mainstream media has always been somewhat averse to cover gay issues, and to a large degree that tepid coverage continues to be the norm. Yet just in the last week alone, I have seen several major television networks and news programs such as CNN’s AC360, BBC America’s World News America, and news outlets such as NBC, and MSNBC, that have several programs that continue to show segments with in-depth coverage of the march as well a discussion of our goals and the lack of movement on LGBT issues by the Obama administration. Bringing our issues out of the shadows and into the mainstream public arena is crucial to our success and I am really heartened that the march has helped garner so much attention to our cause. I’ve also been encouraged that the march has been used as a vehicle in which our heterosexual allies can step up and express their support and solidarity with our goals of equality. Academy Award-winning actress, Charlize Theron, who has long compared the anti-gay marriage laws in America to the former discriminatory laws under Apartheid in her homeland of South Africa, endorsed the march early on. Scott Fujita, the heterosexual star linebacker for the undefeated New Orleans Saints not only endorsed the march but used his endorsement to speak out against the inequality and homophobia faced by the gay community. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, has endorsed the march and President Obama will speak at an HRC event in D.C. on the eve of the equality march. I am also very inspired by the many young people I have met at organization meetings for the march and by their energy, vitality, and determination to achieve our goals.
Do I think that the march by itself will lead to our equality? No. But I am sure that it is absolutely a step in the right direction. And I know one thing for certain. If you are marching towards a destination, the only way to get there, is one steady step at a time.