Michelangelo Signorile has endorsed the National Equality March in a column printed in the Advocate. Signorile joins a growing list of recent endorsements including Julian Bond, Cindy Sheehan, Dan Choi, Bilerico contributor and national columnist Diane Silver, and Illinois Congressman Danny Davis. I endorsed the march last week in my post, "Pandora's Box: The National Equality March."
It's time for these new, even risky approaches, and it's time to ask for it all -- now. That's why I'm going to Washington for the National Equality March -- called for by legendary activists David Mixner and Cleve Jones -- even though, like others, I wasn't initially down with the idea. It's time the rest of us showed up on the National Mall and let Obama know that the cocktail party crowd -- the suck-ups, the sycophants, and the scaredy-cats -- doesn't represent us. We want full equal rights (or at least see a substantial commitment to moving in that direction) -- not photo ops and wine spritzers.
In 1963 many African-Americans from all across this country, many of them poor and with little means to pay for travel, did whatever they could to get themselves to Washington. The time was right, and historic. For us, the time is now.
Signorile shares his original concerns and why he decided to finally endorse the campaign in the column. It's beautifully written - one of his best - and details how Cleve Jones' patient address of those concerns combined with recent Obama administration tactics led him to his endorsement. Highly recommended.