Though organizers are not certain how many will show up, they expect at least few hundred.
Awesome. Well, I will be one of those hundreds. I've been asked to speak, and I accepted gladly. There's a radical flavor to this that I'm really digging. Come out, come out, wherever you are.
Harvey, wherever you are, we love you.
More on the march, and Harvey Milk on YouTube after the jump.
The march begins at the LGBT Center in Manhattan at noon, with rallies along the way, including Union Square, St. Vincent's Hospital, Army Recruiting Center, Marriage Bureau and finally ending at City Hall.
There will be speakers on various key topics in the fight for rights. I'll be speaking about trans equality, and there will be David Dasrath on safety in schools, Jeanette Coleman, recently discharged under DADT, Adam Frankel on issues facing youth, and Housing Works will have a speaker on HIV/AIDS and the Homeless.
The organizers are interested in promoting activism in health care and AIDS, youth homelessness, hate crimes and anti-trans violence, police brutality, workplace discrimination, DADT repeal, marriage equality, immigrant rights and other important issues.
The last NYC organizing meeting is coming up this Tuesday 6pm at the LGBT Commmunity Center, 208 W. 13th street (btw 7th and 8th Ave.) They have a wish list, in case you are interested in helping that way.
Here's what the organizers are saying.
Why Harvey Milk Day? Why Action?
Over 200,00 people marched on October 10th for full LGBT equality which invigorated a national movement. In the past few weeks over 600 people took part in Equality Across America conferences in Chicago and Boston to discuss and strategize the next steps for our movement and have begun to build grassroots networks and relationships to fight for full federal equality.
Equality Across America has called for nationwide day of action for LGBT equality on Harvey Milk's Birthday (May 22nd) and the International Week Against Homophobia. As long as the federal government continues to deny us equal rights we need to build a national fight to demand those equal rights. If we stand, protest and speak together across the country we can begin to put real pressure on our government.
Wearing red t-shirts and carrying signs and fliers, the march aims to rally in additional supporters, onlookers and tourists for a large and vibrant final action of the day, a demonstration at City Hall.
The Harvey Milk Day Coalition has a simple and non-negotiable mission: FULL FEDERAL EQUALITY.
Here's his famous "Hope" speech
Here's the trailer from the awesome film "The Times of Harvey Milk."