New Prop 8 meetings statewide
|New Prop 8 meetings statewide|
Friday, March 20, 2009
Town Hall Meetings Throughout California to Focus on Next Steps in Fight for Freedom to Marry
Meetings Will Include Updates from Prop 8 Legal Experts and Open Discussion on the Future of the Movement
LOS ANGELES, March 19, 2009- As the California Supreme Court considers legal arguments for overturning Prop 8, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community centers, in partnership with Equality California and allied organizations throughout the state, are joining together to host a series of Town Hall meetings in early April.
The open meetings-which will take place in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Sacramento, Orange County, San Francisco and Long Beach-will include an analysis and Q&A with legal experts regarding the court case, a review and discussion of current grassroots actions and initiatives to promote marriage equality, and an open discussion regarding strategies and actions following the supreme court ruling and the ongoing fight for the freedom to marry in California and equal relationship recognition nationwide. Regardless of how the court decides in the Prop 8 case, it will not be the end of the struggle.
Members of the community will be invited to join in discussions about: organizing in California, strategies for securing equal recognition at the federal level; keeping community members and allies energized and involved; and other issues of concern.
More specific information regarding the time, address and speakers for each Town Hall will be distributed by each community center co-hosting a meeting and will also be available at: www.eqca.org/townhall . The schedule for the meetings is:
DATE LOCAL CONTACT April 1 - Los Angeles (L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) April 2 - San Diego (San Diego LGBT Community Center) April 9 - Santa Barbara (Pacific Pride Foundation) April 16 - Fresno (ErasetheH8, Fresno City College Diversity Club) April 21 - Sacramento (Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center) May 7 - Orange County (The Center OC) TBD - San Francisco (San Francisco LGBT Community Center) TBD - Long Beach (LGBT Center of Long Beach) The following list of confirmed co-sponsors is partial, and we are seeking additional co-sponsors : Bienestar, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, LGBT Center of Long Beach, Center OC, Pacific Pride Foundation, Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center, San Diego LGBT Community Center, San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Fresno City College Diversity Club, ErasetheH8, Join the Impact, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, Marriage Equality USA, National Transgender Law Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, CenterLink, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Equality California, FAIR, ACLU of Southern California, Jordan/Rustin Coalition, API Equality-L.A., HonorPAC, Love Honor Cherish, FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, California Pride at Work, California Faith for Equality, Congregation Kol Ami, and Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles.
About the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Since 1971 the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our wide array of services and programs includes: free HIV/AIDS care and medications for those most in need; housing, food, clothing and support for homeless LGBT youth; low-cost counseling and addiction-recovery services; essential services for LGBT-parented families and seniors; legal services; health education and HIV prevention programs; transgender services; cultural arts and much more. Visit us on the Web at: www.lagaycenter.org <http://www.lagaycenter.org> .
About Equality California
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization in California. In the past decade, EQCA has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil-rights protections in the nation. EQCA has passed over 50 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org <http://www.eqca.org>