Have I got some gossip for you! Truly stunning. I got it from a friend who read it on a blog who says they got an e-mail tip from someone they'd never heard of, so we know it's legit.
If you go to the National Equality March, you're really going to one of Obama's death panels and since we're queer, well, if you're over 26? Pfftt. You're a goner. You'll never come home unless you can keep your birth certificate hidden in Kenya.
Sound like some breathless recent blog posts you've read lately? Let's take a closer look, shall we?
The Secret White House Meeting
Jerame and I are not involved in a vast left-wing conspiracy to secretly meet White House officials to get the President to speak or endorse the National Equality March. If I was in a secret conspiracy, I wouldn't have posted pictures of the tour on Flickr and we wouldn't have chatted in front of our guide and boatloads of tourists.
I'll admit, I wasn't able to see if there was a treasure map drawn on the back of the official portrait of Millard Fillmore during our forty-five minute trip. Next time. Next time Fillmore is mine.
The March Hates HIV+ People
Equality Across America can't be responsible if no one wants to sponsor or host an HIV/AIDS vigil. The group hopes to integrate the best part of progressive organizations with grassroots local activists needs and experiences, but they're not leading, paying for, sponsoring, or demanding any of these sessions or events.
National groups like Victory Fund, GLAAD, HRC, NCTE, NGLTF, state-level LGBT organizations, as well as allied progressive organizations have all been working to finalize details for various sessions or opportunities best suited to the various groups and attendees that weekend. Some of the organizations may not have signed on to "endorse" the march yet, but I've not met one person - either inside or out of Gay Inc. - who says, "I hope that march fails and they embarrass us all."
If you want to see an HIV/AIDS vigil/memorial service at the National Equality March, you should help organize one. Put it together. A lot of people are working hard to bring together enough resources, abilities and strengths to pull this March off. How many HIV/AIDS organizations are there? Other organizations are working together for this to succeed, can't they?
Personally, I wonder if pharmaceutical companies haven't planted operatives to steal AIDS Quilt panels from Cleve Jones when he goes to sleep so they can sell them on the black market to AIDS Inc executive directors and then blackmail them into not supporting a vigil. It could happen; those big pharma people are tricky!
The March Will Not Demand Your Pet Cause
I've always known that Dan Choi's endorsement was a top-secret military intelligence exercise designed to keep the National Equality March from calling for the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell. There's just something about him that screams rouge CIA agent, isn't there?
When US law says you can't advocate for specific legislation without losing your tax status, you don't do it. Not when the stakes are this high. Equality Across America can't be more specific than the call for full equality according to the law.
This isn't to say the group doesn't want some specifics, but only as a part of the overall theme. What part of the various bits of federal legislation doesn't constitute "full equality"? Is that where you think "full equality" ends or is there a lot more work to do?
No, this march isn't about Prop 8. It's not about ENDA. It's not about hate crimes, DADT, or Maine's marriage fight.
It's about all of that and then some. It's about saying, "I'm entitled to all of these rights. I'm not asking you to give them to me. I'm demanding them. I'm a human too and I'm just as worthy as you are."
What the National Equality March Is About
This isn't about one small legislative item or one Congress person's vote. It's about the culture shift - the new demand for equality that sees us as entitled to all of our rights instead of weakly asking for them.
This is about the interweave between our community and immigrants; some of us have partners currently caught in the bi-national trap.
This is about how we treat people of color, women, the disabled, and the ill - both inside and outside of our own LGBT community.
This is about workers and not just queer ones; we all have the same employers and how has corporate America treated you lately?
This is about police brutality, crimes meant to scare whole communities, and racial, ethnic, and gender identity profiling and stereotyping.
This is about taking our place at the table instead of fighting for scraps. This is about bringing us all up to the same place instead of narrowly advancing one small agenda at the cost of another.
I'm marching because my rights are bigger than a march. I'm marching because I want to see equality across America and not just for me. I want to see women, people of color, immigrants, workers, the LGBT community, and everyone else stand up and say, "Enough."
The wild conspiracy theories, breathless reporting and baseless accusations don't empower us. It's time we lifted ourselves out of the muck of "That's mine. This is yours.", and realized that to win true equality across America we have to step outside our usual boundaries.
What do teabaggers, birthers and march gossip have in common? They're all fueled by the looming possibility of potential nationwide change and our own fears of the unknown.
Its time to help our legally elected fierce champion (and health care advocate) push a progressive agenda that will benefit all of us. And so I'll be marching in DC on October 11.
Unless the death panels get me first.