GetEQUAL's been busy lately, organizing actions across the country at marriage counters on Valentine's Day, protesting Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' refusal to sign the marriage equality pledge signed by over 100 mayors around the country, and protesting against hate at Republican debates, among other things. It has organized an event in New York City on Wednesday, March 7 (6-8pm) called "Owning Our Equality: The Past, Present, and Future of LGBT Direct Action."
I strongly believe that direct action has a role in the many issues facing our community, as a complement to other forms of advocacy, in issues like LGBT non-discrimination laws, inclusion in health care, and marriage equality. We saw last year how direct action made a difference in the fight to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, an area that many said wasn't ready for equality. There's a lot more to do to get full equality, and GetEqual is on the forefront of the direct action part of our movement.
The event will feature an extended trailer from the new film "How To Survive A Plague," directed by which recounts the rise of ACT UP and TAG, and of LGBT direct action.
Following the film trailer, Ann Northrop and Peter Staley -- two subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary -- will host an in-depth discussion about the state of the LGBT movement and the role of nonviolent civil disobedience in gaining LGBT equality. The Hollywood Reporter recently noted that the film has been picked up by IFC Films sister division Sundance Selects. It called France's film a sequel of sorts to seminal AIDS works like Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart or Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On. The trailer is below.
For more details, and to RSVP, you can head to www.getequal.org/nycfundraiser. There is no charge to get in, but GetEQUAL will accept donations to support its ongoing work to press unrelentingly for LGBT equality.
Jillian Weiss is a member of the Board of Directors of GetEqual.