Occupy Chicago will join numerous other cities in a march for equal civil rights for the LGBTQIA community worldwide on April 21st. The overall goal for these marches is to have the community and its allies come together to demand and acquire full civil rights that all other sectors of society enjoy.
The Chicago march shares the same goal along with having more visibility from the rest of the LGBTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, and pansexual) family. We also intend to start dialogue around issues that face the community, which include youth homelessness, physical and nonphysical violence, and employment equality, to name a few, as well as LGBT affirming education.
The Chicago branch of the 2012 Worldwide LGBTQIA Civil Rights March will be held downtown and kick off at noon on Saturday, April 21st. The march will start at Pritzker Park, located on the corner of State Street and Van Buren Avenue, and move north on State Street to Washington Avenue and continue east to Michigan Avenue, where it will turn north onto its final stretch to Oak Street. The event will also feature a speak-out where attendees are welcome to share their experiences.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in this historic event regardless of identity, orientation, or age. There will be an all ages afterparty at Oak Street Beach afterward, weather permitting.
This event is sponsored by Marriage Equality USA, Gay Liberation Network, and Occupy Chicago.
More information about the 2012 Worldwide LGBTQIA Civil Rights March can be found at http://www.letsreachonemillionpeople.com/civil_rights_march_12.html.
More information about the Chicago march can be found at http://www.letsreachonemillionpeople.com/page_29.html.